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FAQs - MK Marathon Weekend - 30th April -1st May 2023

FAQs


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.)

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.

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 12 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.

Yes, we welcome entrants from overseas. You will need to collect your race pack from the Information Desk on the morning of the race.

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.

If running with a guide/assistant, please let us know and we can issue you with one free place.


MY RACE PACK

ENTRIES BEFORE 31st March

Your race pack will be posted out to you 2 weeks before the event.

APRIL ENTRIES

You will need to collect your race pack on the day of the event- details to follow

NON-UK ENTRIES

You will need to collect your race pack on the day of the event- details to follow

 

If your pack has not been delivered or is lost, then you will need to collect a replacement on the day of the race- Details to follow

You will need to collect a replacement on race day at the registration desk- Details to follow

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 Milton Keynes Central which is 1.6 miles from the event village. The station is served by trains from London Euston & Birmingham New Street.

Skyline 01908 222111 is a local taxi firm.

For train timetable information and to plan a journey contact National Rail inquiries on 08457 484950.
www.nationalrail.co.uk

If you are traveling by car you will need to park in Milton Keynes Centre. The closest car park to our event space is centre:mk Multi-Storey Car Park, from here it is less than a 5-minute walk via the underpass to access Campbell Park. Please see the map for directions below.

Multi-Storey Car Park Open: 6 am - Midnight Daily.

Car Park Location
Google Maps Directions Sat Nav: MK9 3QA (Marlborough Gate).
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Event Location
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Please do not park on any local residential streets as this can cause serious disruption to the event, residents and you will also be at risk of being fined.

There is plenty of accessible parking in the multi-storey car park.

If you're getting dropped off or picked up, we recommend using the area near Xscape.

For directions via public transport, please use Get Smarter Travel's Journey Planner.

Milton Keynes Marathon Event Parking

If you're getting dropped off or picked up, we recommend using the area near Xscape.

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THE VENUE

We are extremely excited to announce that we are moving the event to Campbell Park, the premium event space in Milton Keynes from 2023.

Campbell Park Events Plateau
Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK9 4AJ

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The Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend will be held at the Campbell Park event space.

 

The race village will open at 08:00 on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Yes, we there will be baggage areas on the Campbell Park event plateau next to the start zones

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


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: Water will be available at the finish.

Turing 10K: Water will be available at Mile 3, and at the finish.

Half Marathon: Water will be available at approximately miles 3, 6, 9, and 11. Orange Boost sports drink will be available at mile 9. Water will be available at the finish.

Marathon: Water will be available at approximately miles 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, and 24. Orange Boost sports drink will be available at miles 9, and 21. High5 gels are to be confirmed. Water will be available at the finish.

Water will be a mixture of 330ml bottles and compostable and recyclable paper cups *.

If you would like to bring your own refillable bottle, there will be refill points near the start, and at water stations where you can refill your bottle.

Please discard your cup/bottle in the bags provided at the side of the path. These will be collected for recycling. Do not drop bottles on the path for participants behind to trip over!

* Our recyclable paper cups look and feel exactly the same as conventional plastic-coated or PLA-coated cups. The key difference is that these cups are actually optimised to be recycled back into high-grade paper using conventional paper recycling equipment [Paper mills do not need to change or invest in new machinery].

  • Inner Cup lining is 100% Recyclable and 100% compostable.
  • A sustainable recycling message is printed on the side of the cup.
  • Materials are Certified suitable by the WMU for mainstream recycling.
  • Materials are Certified compostable to standard EN 13432.
  • Complies with EU food contact regulations.
  • Manufactured to ISO and BRC standards.

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.

Yes, portable toilets will be available at every water stop and relay changeover points

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 – 1 Hour
  • Turing 10K – 2 Hours
  • Half Marathon – 7 hours
  • 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.

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.

Unfortunately, no racing wheelchairs or any motorised wheelchairs are permitted however, you can take part in a rigid manual powered day chair. For your health and safety, we strongly advise that you start at the back of the field and a support runner accompanies you around the course. We highly recommend viewing the site and route first to assess suitability.

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 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 attend 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.

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 14:15

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 April then you will need to collect your number. Details will be published in the race guide.

The Rocket 5k will start on the event plateau in Campbell Park.

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The Rocket 5K will finish below the Light Pyramid

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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.

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.


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