We originally had the idea to stage the Milton Keynes Marathon in August 2010 and it took a lot of hard work and dedication to get everything ready for race day on Sunday 29th April 2012.
Milton Keynes is a unique location for a marathon because of the amazing and varied scenery including lakes, parks, canal and even woodland. The course is traffic free on closed roads and cycle paths or “redways” as they are known locally and is mostly flat and undulating in places. The scenery and twisting course really help to focus the mind and many runners achieved PB’s.
In 2012 nearly 4,500 runners signed up for the inaugural event as well as 100 corporate relay teams. The event is sure to grow in popularity and will be a regular spring marathon fixture.
Working to our sustainability values we’ll strive to make this event have as small an environmental impact as possible.
- We offer a VIP bike parking area
- Lead vehicles are bikes rather than cars
- All plastic bottles will be recycled
Why Milton Keynes?
At its inception in 1967 only 60,000 lived and 21,000 people worked in what’s now the Borough of Milton Keynes. Today, 236,700 live and over 130,000 work in this thriving, young and modern city.
Communications are excellent and competitors in the race will find travel and accommodation in Milton Keynes easy and convenient. Seven of the city’s sporting venues have been chosen as Olympic training camps for the 2012 London games.
The venue for the “Green Marathon” is famous for its pioneering energy efficient buildings and has been chosen as one of the first places in the UK to receive Government funding to build a network of electric vehicle charge points for public use. The Council aims to achieve a target of cutting MK’s carbon emissions by at least 20% by 2020.