In short: Great race despite challenges thrown in by awful weather conditions In full: Let me start by saying that the weather on race weekend was almost biblical in its proportions, having had heavy rain almost constantly for days before (and during) and 20mph winds with 30-35 mph gusts on the day. Two other events nearby had been cancelled due to the weather and the organisers did very well to keep this one running with only some minor setbacks.
The race starts on a road with a nice wide area for the first mile, reducing bottlenecks before switching to the redways which are abundant around Milton Keynes. It is actually surprising how much greenery you see on this run, circling two different lakes and running alongside a canal and through a park. The route was diverted to a slightly longer path by one of the lakes due to the complete flooding of the intended route.
There was space and toilet facilities before the race in the stadium, although this was slightly crowded due to people trying to stay out of the rain. On a brighter day I doubt this would be an issue.
I enjoyed the race itself with lots of support on the route, people mainly crowded into the underpasses to try and stay dry, but also plenty of people braving the rain or cheering from their houses. Apparently some of the entertainment did not show but there were still a number of bands and people singing to lift our spirits.
The finish was inside the MK Dons stadium itself with spectators allowed to cheer from the stands which gave a fantastic atmosphere as you came to the end. I definitely look forward to doing this race again and in better weather I imagine it will be much more enjoyable. Date of review: May 1, 2012