Bring your energy and get ready to cheer on thousands of runners, from all across the UK and around the World, as they speed their way along the 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses showing the best that MK has to offer!
The MK Marathon race starts in Saxon Street outside the impressive stadium MK. The first five miles are on wide roads and tree lined boulevards. This gives you a chance to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the crowds and get into your rhythm. The route then goes through pretty Woughton-on-the-Green and Woolstone parishes where the half marathoners split from the full marathon course at mile 7, and you continue to run through the original Milton Keynes Village with picture postcard thatched cottages. Runners then enjoy Willen Lake and the Peace Pagoda and on to Tongwell Lake before looping back toward Willen to join the meandering grand union canal north to Manor Park. Passing St Andrews a 13th Century church and joining the Railway Walk heading west, passing the Bradwell Windmill which was built in c1810 just before mile 18. The route continues west to Bancroft the site of a Roman Villa and follows the brook south passing the famous Concrete Cows and then Bradwell Abbey, which dates back to the 14th Century at mile 20. The route follows the brook south through the Loughton Valley Park passing Lodge Lake and Teardrop Lakes before heading back for a victory lap of the football pitch and magical stadium finish.
The MK Half Marathon race starts in Saxon Street outside the impressive stadium MK. The first five miles are on wide roads and tree lined boulevards. This gives you a chance to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the crowds and get into your rhythm. The route then goes through pretty Woughton-on-the-Green and Woolstone parishes where the half marathoners split from the full marathon course at mile 7. The half route turns right into the Ouzel Valley following the pretty and meandering River Ouzel to Walton Lake and then onto Caldecotte Lake. The route then heads west to Ashland and follows Saxon Street back for a victory lap of the football pitch and magical stadium finish.
At any point in the race, your fans can enter your name or bib number to follow your progress. The web link will be posted here closer to the event.
One of our marathoners’ favorite things is seeing the signs that spectators hold up for them as they pass by. From motivational to humorous, holding signs is a great way to cheer on your specific runner or our participants in general.
Do you get bored waiting for your runner to finish their race? Have a hard time seeing your runner through the crowds of people at the popular spectator spots? Sign up to volunteer as a Course Marshal and get a front-row seat as the runners pass by! Click here to visit our volunteer page and reserve your seat on race day!
To make the event fun and safe for everyone, we would like to offer the following advice:
The stadium is the perfect place for you to see your runner run a victory lap of the pitch and cross the line. There is free entry to the stadium all day. You can come and go as you please. Seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis – so grab a seat, bring your bells and whistles and cheer them on to the finish! NB. Dogs are not allowed in the stadium
We suggest you arrange to meet friends and runners between Gate 6 and 7 near the MK Dons shop on the west side of the stadium.
There will be a family fun area outside gate 5 of stadium MK, which will include trampolines, bouncy castles, face painting, DJ and lots more!
Come out and show these runners why we love Milton Keynes!
If you have any questions or queries regarding the MK Marathon and Supporting Events please refer to our comprehensive Common Questions section of our website or click here