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
In the event, an in-person race cannot take place, all registered participants will automatically be transferred to the equivalent 2021 Virtual MK Marathon event.
No problem. Even though we’re excited about the virtual race experience, we understand that it may not replace the in-person experience for everyone. If you’re not interested in the virtual race, you would have one week after the cancellation date to defer your entry free of charge.
If you’re unable to participate but still want your medal and rewards, you may transfer your registration to the virtual event. Log into your Active account at myevents.active.com. Find your 2021 event and follow the prompts to transfer to the Virtual MK Marathon event
We are developing a number of different and flexible event plans to suit a range of possible scenarios, including…
- Reducing the number of entries
- Temperature checks
- Social distancing
- Wearing face masks before the race
- Changes to the start time of events to allow for small and scheduled wave starts.
- Pre-allocated start time
- Hand sanitiser stations
- Possible changes to the route/s
- Controlling spectators access to the stadium and start area
- Reducing or removing ‘contact points’ at the event, such as aid stations and hospitality
As we develop race plans we will update participants regarding any changes that may be necessary. We will make appropriate adjustments to our traditional race experience that are necessary to enable a safe and responsible event for our participants and community. That could mean any number of modifications to our traditional race experience, including but not limited to changes to the race routes, water stations, masks, starting zones, and times.
Your race entry fee is non-refundable.
Visit myevents.active.com to confirm your race registration.
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.
To qualify for UKA Affiliated entry, your running club must be recognised via the UKA Governing Body.
Entries will automatically close on 31 March @ midnight or sooner if sold out
Sorry we only accept online entries.
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
Race packs, which include your race number/luggage tag/timing chip and final instructions will be sent to you at least two weeks before the race.
You will be able to pick up a replacement on race day from the Registration Desk. Details will be in the Race Guide.
If you lose your race number please visit the Registration Desk on the morning of the race. Details will be in the Race Guide. To have another race number issued you must bring proof of entry, which you can download here.
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 time. Your time will start when you cross the start line.
TRAVEL AND PARKING
The three nearest train stations are Fenny Stratford, Bletchley and Milton Keynes Central. You can walk from Fenny Stratford or Bletchley, however, Milton Keynes Central is the largest station and is on the mainline from London Euston, and is approximately 3 miles from stadium MK. Please check National Rail enquiries when planning your travel.
Sorry, we do not currently offer a free shuttle bus from the station. We suggest you share a taxi with other runners at the station. See the Travel and Parking page on the website
Sorry, we do not offer coach transfers from London. We have offered this in the past and did not get the numbers required to make this a viable service.
You can book Stadium Parking here. Once you have booked parking you can come and go as you please.
Yes, anyone can book a parking space.
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 1st come basis and the MK Marathon has no control over these, and spaces can not be booked.
Pre-booked stadium parking will open at 07:30. The car park stewards use number plate recognition, so only attempt to enter if you have pre-booked parking.
Stadium MK is just off the A5, south of Centre Milton Keynes. The address is Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
This information will be in the Race Guide.
We will implement a one-way flow to the start line in 2021, and this information will be published in the Race Guide.
To reduce the risk of spreading Cove-19 by fomite transmission (the risk associated with the handling and transfer of items), we will not have baggage facilities in 2021 and we strongly advise that everyone comes ready to run.
There are no showers and limited changing facilities.
Sorry, but we will not be selling merchandise on race day in 2021.
This is to be confirmed.
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.
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. Runners will be able to select a start time closer to race day.
Please be self-sufficient and bring with you what you will need to refuel and hydrate during the event. We will provide bottle refill stations on the course to minimise contact and details of these will be in the race guide. 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.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide pacers in 2021 due to the interval between the signals releasing you across the start line, and current RunBritain (UK Athletics) guidance on social distancing.
As an alternative, you can 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.
First Aid locations will be confirmed before race weekend
Yes, details will be in the Race Guide.
Yes, there will be plenty of signs and marshals to ensure you go the right way and to cheer you on.
- Rocket 5K – 45 mins
- Turing 10K - 1 hour and 30 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.
Yes, all those runners who complete the race will receive a quality commemorative medal. In 2021 you will receive a handy branded "grab-and-go" boot bag, containing your awesome MK medal, a super-cool cooling towel and other goodies.
Unfortunately due to Covid-19, it will not be possible to offer finisher t-shirts in 2021 as this creates a bottleneck. Instead, we will provide a handy branded "grab-and-go" boot bag, containing your awesome MK medal, a super-cool cooling towel and other goodies.
es, we would love to see people in a 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.
Anyone who is not running for a prize can wear headphones at their own risk. If you do wear headphones PLEASE be considerate of your fellow runners. Wearing headphones DOES impair your hearing and there is every chance that you will not be able to hear important instructions, emergency services, or a fellow runner. If you must wear in-ear headphones, please leave one out!
Half / Marathon / Relay…
We hold this race under British / UK Athletics road race rules and regulations. From 1 April 2016, a new rule regarding the wearing of headphones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition. UKA has agreed that the use of bone conductor type headphones is acceptable, but NO OTHER types of headphones/earphones but these will be allowed. Anyone seen wearing headphones/earphones (excluding bone conductor headphones) will be asked to remove them and will be disqualified from the race. Sorry, we know it is not fun but your safety means more to us.
Results will be available as soon as you cross the finish line here: mkmarathon.com/results
Apologies, but we will be unable to offer these in 2021.
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’.
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.
Participants need to be 17 years of age on race day
There will not be a central meeting area at the stadium in 2021 due to Covid-19. Team race bibs and chips will be posted to Team Captains 2 weeks before the race and should be given to team members on race day.
You will be given an arrival time in your race pack.
There won't be any baggage facilities for relay runners in 2021 due to Covid-19. We suggest that your team takes everything with them.
Each team is expected to get around the course in their own vehicle. Either taking it in turns to drive or having a dedicated driver. Maps of each change point will be sent to all team members at least 2 weeks before the event
We are currently investigating options, which will be announced before race day.
The Rocket 5K will take place on Sunday 2nd May
Yes, we are planning on posting numbers 2 weeks before race day in 2021.
The Rocket 5k will start in Central Milton Keynes. The exact location will be confirmed before race day.
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, 10K or Marathon Relay will receive a third medal – the MK Challenge Medal.
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.
You can check the road closure details [ HERE ]