FAQs

MK Marathon Weekend Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

If you have any questions then check out these handy Frequently Asked Questions where we list answers to the majority of emails we receive.

Frequently Asked Questions


RACE ENTRY

Entry will be online only via the safe Active Networks portal by clicking the ENTER NOW tab on the menu bar. You cannot enter over the phone or through the post. Payment is by debit or credit card only.

Affiliation means a member of a club affiliated to a National Association (e.g. England Athletics, Scottish Athletics, etc.)

Entries will automatically close on 31 March @ midnight or sooner if sold out

Sorry we only accept online entries.

Visit the My Events page on https://myevents.active.com/ to manage your event registration. You can change your details at any time until 31 March @ midnight.

Yes, the person entering can add additional runners and pay with one credit/debit card. Alternatively, the business can pay for multiple entries by bacs. Send us an email for details.

Sorry, no entries on the day.

You must be at least 18 years old on race day to run the MK Marathon.
You must be at least 17 years old on race day to run the MK Half Marathon
You must be at least 17 years old on race day to run the MK Marathon Relay
You must be at least 15 years old on race day to run the Turing 10K
You must be at least 13 years old on race day to run the MK Rocket 5K
No age restriction for the Superhero Fun Run

You can transfer your place to another runner up until 31 March at midnight. No transfers can be made after the deadline as your running number is unique to you and enable our safety team to access the personal details you have supplied to us quickly if needed on the day. UK Athletics rules state: Athletes who receive transferred numbers without permission will be disqualified from the race. You can view the Transfer Policy [ HERE ]

Merchandise orders will be posted within four weeks of order.

Sorry, we are only accepting UK entries in 2021 due to Covid-19

Yes, you can transfer between events up until 31 March at midnight [ HERE ]. You will need to pay the difference between the events if you move up to the full marathon (there is no refund if you change from the marathon to the half marathon). No changes can take place after this date or if the event is full – no exceptions.

Yes, there is a service charge which goes directly to Active Networks to cover card processing for all entries.


MY RACE PACK

UK Residents: Race packs, which include your race number/timing chip, and any final instructions will be sent to you at least TWO weeks before the race for entries up until 31st March at midnight.

We will not be able to change your postal address after this date so please make sure your details are up-to-date here.

All race packs will be posted prior to the event. There will be no on-the-day registration.

Let us know if your pack has not arrived the week before the event and we will arrange a replacement bib for you. You will need to collect this from the Information Desk, which is located in the Home Supporters ticket window, outside the stadium near Gate 5.

All race packs will be posted prior to the event. There will be no on-the-day registration.

Let us know if you lose your bib/chip and we will arrange a replacement bib for you. You will need to collect this from the Information Desk, which is located in the Home Supporters ticket window, outside the stadium near gate 5.

You will be able to pick up a replacement pack on race day from the Registration Desk. Details will be in the Race Guide. Please bring your pack and booking confirmation with you.

Yes, the timing chip is inside the foam strips on the back of your runner number. You must not damage these or try to remove them from the back of the number otherwise you will not get a finish time. Your time will start when you cross the start line. The timing chip is disposable.


TRAVEL AND PARKING

The nearest railway station is Fenny Stratford which is just over a mile away from Stadium MK, however, this is on the local Bletchley to Bedford line. There is also Bletchley Railway Station which is around about two miles away from the stadium. Surprisingly taxis are scarce outside Bletchley station so best to pre-book one in advance (Skyline 01908 222111 is a local taxi firm). Otherwise, you can embark on the 35-40 minute walk to the stadium. The station is served by trains from London Euston & Birmingham New Street.
For train timetable information and to plan a journey contact National Rail inquiries on 08457 484950.
www.nationalrail.co.uk

Sorry, we do not currently offer a free shuttle bus from the station. We suggest you take a taxi. See the Travel and Parking page on the website

National Express is running coaches from London Victoria Coach Station to Milton Keynes Coach Park. The coach takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. You will be able to get a taxi from the coach park to the stadium.
book.nationalexpress.com

We strongly recommend that you pre-book stadium parking so that you can stay in your vehicle until your Wave Time.
For pre-booked VIP Stadium parking enter the stadium complex via Grafton Street, MK1 1ST and you will be directed to your parking area by event staff. Please bring a copy of your receipt with you. See the website for more information on travel and parking
mkmarathon.com/travel
If you haven’t pre-booked stadium parking, then head for the stadium to see if we have spaces. There will be a sign at the entrance, so you can enter if there are spaces, or drive past if it is full.
On the day parking will cost £15.00 cash only.
DISABLED PARKING
There are about 40 disabled parking bays at the stadium, which will be allocated to blue badge holders on a first come basis. The MK Marathon has no control over these spaces and they can’t be booked in advance.

Yes, anyone can book a parking space.

If you haven’t pre-booked stadium parking, then head for the stadium to see if we have spaces. There will be a sign at the entrance, so you can enter if there are spaces, or drive past if it is full.
On the day parking will cost £15.00 cash only for the half/marathon and £7.50 for the Turing 10k and Fun Run.
If you have not pre-booked a car parking space close to the stadium we suggest you head for a local industrial area. Use postcode: MK1 1LG, MK1 1NL, or MK1 1DH

There are about 40 disabled parking bays at the stadium, which will be allocated to blue badge holders on a first come basis. The MK Marathon has no control over these spaces and they can’t be booked in advance.

Pre-booked stadium parking will open at 08:00. The car park stewards use number plate recognition.

There will be a designated drop-off point on the west side of the stadium outside the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Access this via Grafton Street which is just off the A5 or use postcode MK1 1ST


STADIUM AREA

Stadium MK is just off the A5, south of Centre Milton Keynes. The address is Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST

Multiple gates will be open and full details will be published in the race guide, which will be available before the event.

The location of the Information Desk will be published in the race guide. This will be circulated before the event.

The stadium will open at 08:00.

Yes, we offer a secure baggage area. Securely attach the baggage label to your bag. Details and location will be published in the race guide, which will be circulated before the event.

There are no showers but you can change in the large toilet areas.

Yes, you can buy event merchandise in the stadium before and after the race. Details will be published in the race guide.

Yes spectators will be allowed in the stadium from 08:00. There is no charge to enter and you do not need to book a ticket. Dogs are not allowed in the stadium.

Sorry, no they are not.

Do not attend the event if you are showing any of these Covid-19 symptoms.

We are working hard to raise as much money as possible for the charities listed on our Run For Charity page. However, you can raise money for any charity you like.

You’ll find lots of activities and services at the stadium including our charity and retail partners, First Aid, food and drink, massage and physio, toilets, a help desk and a wide range of entertainment.

Yes, we will have bouncy castles, trampolines, face painting and many more activities outside gate 5 in the Race Village


THE COURSE

Yes, all of the Milton Keynes Marathon routes have all been officially measured as accurate by the Association of UK Course Measurers to the AIMS worldwide standard. MK is a qualifying event for Boston, London, and other Majors.

Please see the Event Schedule for race dates/times.

Rocket 5K: Bottled water will be available at the finish.

Half Marathon: Water will be available at mile 3, 6, 9 and 12. Orange sports drink will be available at mile 9. Bottled water will be available at the finish.

Marathon: Water will be available at mile 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 23. Orange sports drink will be available at mile 9, 15 and 21. High5 Gel's will be available at mile 12 and 18. Bottled water will be available at the finish.

The majority of the race is run on good tarmac roads or smooth redway sections. Some sections will be on gravel paths. The finish around the football pitch is half tarmac and half artificial grass which can be a little slippery if wet.

Half Marathon every 5 minutes from 1:30 to 2:15 plus 2:30 and 2:45
Full Marathon every 15 minutes from 3:00 to 5:15 plus 5:30

You can also purchase a Pace Pocket when you enter, or before 31 March. Pace Pocket is fabric wristbands with a storage pocket for keys, etc, and printed with your choice of split times.

Comprehensive medical cover will be provided in accordance with England Athletics guidelines. However, if you feel unwell on the day or you’ve been ill during the previous week, we recommend that you don’t participate in the run.

Marathon: Mile 7, 16, 21 and 24
Half: Mile 7 and 9

Yes, portable toilets will be available at every water stop

Yes, there will be plenty of signs and marshals to ensure you go the right way and to cheer you on.

There will be a mile marker at every mile, located on the nearest lamp post to the mile point.

There will be a km marker every km for the Rocket 5k, located on the nearest lamp post to the mile point.

  • Rocket 5K – 45 mins
  • Half Marathon – 3 hours and 30 mins.
  • Marathon & Relay – 7 hours

We cannot guarantee that marshals, medical cover, drinks stations, and road closures will be in place after the cut off.

MARATHON RUNNERS: If a marathon runner doesn’t reach the Mile 21 water stop by 15:30 they will be asked to withdraw from the race.

Stadium MK will close at 5pm prompt.

Yes, marathon, half marathon and marathon relay finishers will receive a technical T-Shirt after the race.

Yes, we would love to see people in a sensible fancy dress out on the course, but do practice in your costume before race day, you may find it hot or uncomfortable to run in.

Participants are not permitted to use any of the above or similar in the event and those attempting to do so will be prohibited from starting and may be forcibly removed from the course mid-race where necessary. Likewise, anyone attempting to start or join the race in any outfit that we, in our absolute discretion, deem unsuitable and/or dangerous to other competitors or spectators, will not be allowed to start the event or if on the course, maybe forcibly removed from the event.

Sorry, the course is considered unsuitable for wheelchairs.

The use of bone conductor headphones is allowed, but NO OTHER types of headphones/earphones will be allowed at this event.
Anyone seen wearing headphones/earphones (excluding bone conductor headphones) will be disqualified from the race.
We know this isn’t fun, but your safety is our priority.
This is following England Athletics’ guidelines.

Results will be available as soon as you cross the finish line here: mkmarathon.com/results

We will also send you a text message with your results if you give us a valid mobile number when you enter.

Yes, all those runners who complete the race will receive a quality commemorative medal.

Yes, there will be sports massages after the finish. Expect to pay a small charge for this service.

Yes, the MK Marathon is licensed by UKA and a member of AIMS, and your time will be eligible as a qualification time for other marathons such as Boston and London ‘good for age’.

Please do not drop any litter on the course after the 'NO LITTER' signs located 300m after each water stop.
Anyone seen dropping litter will be disqualified from the race.
Bins will be available at each water refill station.
Please leave Milton Keynes as you found it.


MARATHON RELAY

You must have a team of 4 runners to take part.

Yes, you can have an all-male team, an all-female team, or a mixed team (at least one lady). There will be awards for the fastest team in each category.

Participants need to be 17 years of age on race day

Details of the Relay HQ will be published closer to the event.

The Team Captain must attent a race briefing at 09:00 and will be responsible for collecting the team running numbers and relay baton. Any team changes can also be reported when you collect your numbers.stadium.

There will be a baggage area for relay runners, or you can take your bag with you.

Relay changeover points will be located at mile 6.2, 13.1 and 20. You can either nominate a team driver or take it in turns to drive your vehicle around the course. We will provide maps and detailed instructions to get you to each changeover point.

Yes, the timing chip will be in the baton and your team must finish with the baton in order to get a team time.

There will be prizes for the 1st male, 1st female, and 1st Mixed team (at least one lady). Prizes will be presented on the main stage at 14:05

No, team members can run in any order you like, but the team bibs must be used in sequences A, B, C then D.


ROCKET 5K

Yes, we are planning on posting numbers 2 weeks before race day for entries up until 31st March. If you entered in May, then you will need to collect your number from the Race HQ on the morning of the race.

The Rocket 5k will start in Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1EA

The finish area will be outside StadiumMK in the perimeter road

Yes, all finishers will receive a medal. In addition to the Rocket 5K finisher medals, runners who participating in both the Rocket 5K and either the Marathon, Half Marathon, or Marathon Relay will receive a third medal – the MK Challenge Medal.

Yes, prizes for the first three men and the first three ladies. Presentation of the race awards will take place at 10:00 at the finish area.

No baggage facilities will be available for this event and runners should turn up ready to run.

The minimum age for participants is 13 on race day. Under 18’s must be entered by an adult.


ROAD CLOSURES

You can check the road closure details [ HERE ]

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