MK Marathon 2014

Any one done MK Marathon before?

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30/07/2013 at 09:57

Hi,

Has any one done the MK Marathon before?  Would you say it is a good marathon?  Well supported? Interesting course etc?

Any fedback welcome as I'm thinking I might sign up for it.

30/07/2013 at 14:44

I didn't compete but marshalled in the early miles then supportEd a friend. 

on lots of the course it's just you & the runners around you. I thought the crowd were very subdued in places whilst I was shouting encouragement with other supporters tutting as if I was making too much noise. I felt this acutely at mile 18 & 21

the map which youcould download meant that with a car you could whizz from mile to mile - it wasn't brilliant if you didn't know the area

pretty sure there's another thread for last years on the spring marathon heading 

i am considering entering but I thought it was pricey. Last year I thought it was cheaper to enter early & the price increased after April

its a flat safe course ... Pretty boring tbh. but I don't find doing a marathon a walk in the park so a boring course will be the least of my troubles 

 

hth

31/07/2013 at 10:34

Cool, thanks for the feedback CG668

31/07/2013 at 14:26

I did this as the third marathon in three days over the bank holiday weekend and as I generally run trails and was knackered, I was really not looking forward to it, but....despite the heat (it was that one warm day in May) I enjoyed;

  • the course - gently undulating and slightly twisty enough to be interesting, going through a surprising number of green spaces for an urban race. 
  • other runners being friendly, as many were suffering in the heat (set off to fast for it, whereas I had too many miles in the legs to comtemplate anything approaching "speed") and wanted to chat
  • the stadium finish, which was really good fun
  • good overall organisation, with plenty of inside (stadium) space to shelter from the weather - this year hot, but last year it tipped it down I believe
  • close to a train station so I could get from London that morning
  • nicely designed t-shirt (cotton), which I actually wear out in public now and again, and medal

All in all I'd recommend and have entered already for next year.

Elaine

 

 

01/08/2013 at 11:34

Excellent, all sounds very positive Elaine.  Thank you.

01/08/2013 at 15:37

I did it this year.

Was nice, route is a bit samey, in lots of places i had no real idea where i was in MK.  It  is mainly on the red routes which aren't that wide. So even near 5 hours there were quite a few runners around me for most of the race.

There was talk about their being a band every mile... there was 1 maybe 2 ...

The stadium finish when you run around the MK Dons rather posh stadium with a few hundred people cheering you on is awesome!! That seriously makes up for any dullness around the rest of the course, the finish is fantastic.  The goodie bag stunk, a moudly banana, a melted mars bar and t shirt that was it. 

It's also quite an expensive marathon.  But the finish is awesome.  So what the heck i signed up straight away to do it again next year.

It's also pretty flat but there is quite a long hill not very steep but it goes on and on around 23 miles in.

 

EDIT: I forgot it didn't worry me, but some people had real grumbles about the fact that there are lots of underpasses so lots of sharp little downs, then ups with quite a few sharp 90 degree turns in, so if you really like long straight roads where you get a rhythm that isn't broken, you might struggle in places.

Edited: 01/08/2013 at 15:38
01/09/2013 at 09:22

Just had to pull out of Chester in a months time due to injury so looking for an alternative for my first marathon, and thinking about this as one of the options once I get fit again.

Not the best reviews I've read but the finnish does some good. Anyone know if this sold out last year (Ie how soon do I need to make a call )

02/09/2013 at 14:02

I entered at the weekend, mainly because it's a local event, but also as I've heard it's a decent event as well. I've done both the Milton Keynes half marathons this year and last and they were both good events, so I'm hoping the marathon will be too.

I'm not 100% but I don't think it sold out last year, though 2014 being only the third running of the event, its popularity may be growing, especially with people not getting into London.

03/09/2013 at 11:30

I'm looking at this for next year - it does sound good from what I've heard.

04/09/2013 at 09:57

2012 = 2936 finishers

2013 = 2046 finishers

There will also be a half marathon next year that will hopefully attract more interest:

http://mkmarathon.com/mk-marathon-2/

I did the full marathon this year and quite enjoyed it. Crowd support was a bit sparse in places but I expected that. Nice finish in Stadium MK though! 

04/09/2013 at 11:33

Yeah I agree Buzzard258, with the addition of the half marathon at the 2014 event, hopefully there will be more interest.

Looking forward to it though.

04/09/2013 at 12:36

I would question if the introduction of a half would create more interest bearing in mind the festival of running in march has a half and there is the NSPCC half in July . saying that if you are a HM runner in mk you wont have far to travel to race regularly 

19/10/2013 at 19:25

First run today after 8 weeks out with achillies problem only a mile but no pain .

If all ok after a couple more next week I'll be signing up for this 

19/11/2013 at 06:55

I've signed up and coming from Swindon.

Does anyone know how the half marathon will be incorperated into the marathon? Are we all starting together?

 

19/11/2013 at 07:44

Still getting achillies pain day after each run so not going to comit myself to this yet but still hoping. This injury is being very persistant 

19/11/2013 at 12:14

This will be my first full marathon. Hoping not so warm next year but also hoping not the rain! Excited but nervous about doubling my distance.

19/11/2013 at 13:20

I love rain in Marathons just what you need to cool you down in the leicester this year it peed it down for the first half.  It had stopped by the last drinks stop so i grabbed an extra cup of water and poured it over me to cool down.  Wet is good

Hoping for around 4:15ish if lucky... think that might be a little ambitious, but hey, you don't get anywhere if you don't try.

19/11/2013 at 18:01

There's rain and there's rain! Leicester was ok as fairly light once started running. Not sure about my time. 1.50 my best half so suspect around 4.30ish.

19/11/2013 at 22:35

On sites like mcmillan 1:50 would give you a sub 4 marathon, but that would involve a lot of training We might end up finishing around the same time

20/11/2013 at 19:21

We may indeed. I'm using this month as my little break (says she who has been running up hills on Saturday trail and doing ten mile runs on Sundays). My plan is to start proper training next month. I am lucky as I will be working with a PT who is an ultra runner. He got me from zero to half so I'm confident he can get me from half to full marathon.

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