Milton Keynes Marathon

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08/05/2013 at 10:15

I am also in the ballot for London!

And was thinking about Chester in October.

But, nearer the time, considering this:

Fairlands Valley Challenge Ultra Marathon 50K (plus 12M, 18M, 26.2M options)

Perhaps even the full blown fifty km!!


08/05/2013 at 10:19

im signing up for th kielder marathon i think, im also signed up for surf city, huntington beach marathon in California next feb.

and London ballot of course

08/05/2013 at 10:22

Don't I keep thinking about Ultras.... But I cannot decide if that is just being greedy and frankly I should stick at marathon until I get a time that I think that's it I have gone as quick as i'm going to and i'm content.

I see so many others doing a lot better times than myself, that I just think I am wussing out and need to up my game.  So I really want a sub 4:30 I really, really want 3:59:59 but that would be Age Graded just over 60% and realistically I don't know if my legs can ever go that fast for 5k never mind 42.195k and don't know if I can do that purely on running or if you need to change diet etc... which I probably cannot really be arsed to do.  But I really think I can get sub 4:30

08/05/2013 at 10:35

Also Ran, amazing time in that heat. Do you reckon you'd have been even further up the finishing positions without the detour?

My experience was definitely a race of two halves. I've posted on the P&D marathon thread already, so i'll just summarise thus:

aimed for 3:57, went out at 9:00 / mile for the first half, felt comfortable if a little hot. Just after halfway the wheels started to come off. By mile 20 I had lost 8 mins from my target, and eventually finished in 4:19. Pretty disappointed given all the training, and given that i thought I had a quicker time in me. But, nevertheless, it was a 49min PB, and the first time i've properly trained for a marathon, so I've learned a lot from the whole experience, and I'll be looking to improve for a spring marathon next year.

Lots of friendly marshalls, the odd dickhead member of the public (one guy being really rude towards marshalls because he couldn't get his car out of the end of the road, i assume there would have been a consultation of local residents?). The course was a bit twisty for my liking, and by the end i'd had enough of the bridges and underpasses. I think i'd have preferred to spectate this one, with an icecream and a beer in hand, but as a second marathon, it'll do

08/05/2013 at 10:49

Agentginger - I feel your pain because I feel exactly the same. Still, you did amazingly well on such a hot day!!

Hey Bookie, maybe my approach is unhortodox but,if you are having a good race, ultimately the time does not matter that much? And it will come down in time?

I tell you what made me think of trying the 50km, that even on a bad day and running while ill, I realised that with walking 1 mile, running 1 mile I could go on forever (well, forever-ish). Today I ache a little bit but nothing much. I have done training runs of 23 miles (at 10.30 min/miles, consistently, on a hilly course) on an empry stomach and a mini can of coke halfway through. I know I've got a lot of kilometrage in me!

So I have convinced my other half and if my MIL babysits (fingers crossed - she has to come from Scotland so let's not assume anything) we are going to try it.

08/05/2013 at 10:52

Well done AG - it was a hot day and twisty course for any kind of PB, so 49mins is fantastic - top marks to you and the P&D training. I lost quite a bit of time mid race getting tired following on from VLM, but perked up again after the 20m mark. I don't think the confusion early on would have had any bearing on my position - it just got me and another guy "hot and bothered" at the time

I did have some dreams(nightmares?) running through a never ending underpass last night

08/05/2013 at 10:58

Trilla: I like that idea i'm so tempted by an ultra... But I don't know which my problem is I want to start with a silly distance one, like one side of the country to the other over 2 days that sort of thing... But I just don't know if i've got the commitment to the necessary training.  I am torn

08/05/2013 at 11:03

Booktrunk 50km is only 7.805 km longer than 42.195km you know?

08/05/2013 at 11:07

Yeah I know and we all know how easy the last 8 or so km are... Actually they were compared to some of the earlier bits.  29-32 seemed hard to me.

Also it's about then I realised my skin felt very salty and I remembered to stick half a high5 zero tablet thingy in my water at the next two stations.. don't know if it helped but I certainly sped up compared to what I was doing at one point.

08/05/2013 at 11:49

booktrunk - looks like you are getting tempted by the darkside of ultras, thyey are completly different to marathons, it is just about finishing the ultra and not totally time driven, walking is also good and a walk run is the normal for most people, you also get to eat whatever you want during the race, I went from 26.2 miles to 70 miles and managed to finish, my marathon time then was 4.30 I came top ten out of 35 starters so you do not have to be fast just stubborn

08/05/2013 at 12:03

Stop it, you lot are a really bad influence soooo tempting.

08/05/2013 at 12:06

ok, but look at they are doing a good 40, 70 or 100 on 2nd August, i have done the 70 the last two years, and having a go at the 100 this year, 10 mile laps really friendly .....

08/05/2013 at 12:11

I know... I'm on a facebook group that start off about that and is a general ultra group.  Full of seriously amazing people, and me just hanging on drooling about the idea of it but still being a complete wimp.

08/05/2013 at 12:14

I am also on the facebook group, you just have to go for it, they are in my opinion so much more fun than marathons

08/05/2013 at 12:17

Spen. You are so selling it to me. One thing I have learned on Monday was that run/walk was a revelation. Isn't that what they say:

'There are two types of runs, the good runs and the runs where I learn something'

So I have learned that I can keep on keeping on and that run/walk is a great strategy.

...I would like to aim for the 40 miles next year.

08/05/2013 at 12:30

Marshalls and spectators great.  Wanted under 4 hrs but it was so hot and i also got knocked down by the man on the bike pulling a trailor, under the bridge just after 18 miles i think !!!   Hurt some other runs as well, one man was nursing an ankle, so a great big thanks to all the runs that picked me up and asked if i was ok. Sorry for all the bad language that i shouted at him. I'm ok but still bruised and a bit sore.  Completed in 4 hrs 4 mins 24 sec better than the 4hrs 16 mins in the monsoon last yr.  About directions,to race, I think it would help to have MK Marathon sign posted on main routes in as I was totally lost due to road closures.




08/05/2013 at 13:17

Trilla- why not this year ?? the run walk strategy for an ultra makes it so much more fun, I used 15 mins run, 3 mins walk last year and walk the uphill bits, but the walking element increased as i got more tired.

08/05/2013 at 16:45
Marc.S wrote (see)

finished in 4:32.02

some guy in front of me collapsed onto the pitch with just 50 yards to go, had to be stretchered, off what a shame to fall with just 1 bend to go, inside the stadium. hope he's ok

I finished 4:32:06 so I must of been right behind you, I saw this guy and felt so sorry for him, just one tiny bit to go 

Was my first ever full marathon and the heat incredible, was planning to do 3:30 but the heat put an end to that, struggled more or less from half way onwards and my pace dropped off, in the end I'm just glad I finished on 2 feet - definetly up for another though, maybe in cooler weather!

Congrats to all finishers in that heat and hope everyone I saw being treated by paramedics is ok 

08/05/2013 at 16:55

little debs: after your problems i'm glad that you managed to finish ok.

Jonathan Meadows: It was a little warm out there wasn't it, and at least it gives you a time to aim at next time

11/05/2013 at 21:13

MK 2014 is now open for entries! There's also quite a long video of various clips from this year at  See if you can spot yourself!

Booktrunk and Trilla, enjoy the ultras if you do them. I've no doubt that I'll do another marathon some time soon. I'm in the ballot for London, but that seems a long way off until we hear.

Enjoy your running all!


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