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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


COVID-19 FAQS

In the event, an in-person race cannot take place, all registered participants will automatically be transferred to the rescheduled event.

Our Covid-19 Guarantee will provide you peace of mind when entering our events. If we can not proceed due to Covid-19, you will have lots of options including a full refund of your entry fee (minus the Active processing fee).

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.

Our Covid-19 Guarantee will provide you peace of mind when entering our events. If we can not proceed due to Covid-19, you will have lots of options including a full refund of your entry fee (minus the Active processing fee).

You can update your address, t-shirt size, or buy merchandise before 31st March at midnight. Simply visit myevents.active.com and select your race registration.


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.

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.

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.

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

You must enter the stadium via Gate 2 (opposite the cinema and restaurants) at your Wave Time. You will be able to use the toilets before moving to the start line.

You must wear a face mask before the start.
Bins will be provided to dispose of masks at the start line.

You must enter the stadium via gate 2 at your Wave Time. Toilets will be available in the stadium.
You must wear a mask to enter the stadium.
You will be temperature checked on entry.
There will be a one-way flow in operation.
You will be directed out of Gate 3 to the start.

Do not attend the event if you are showing any of these Covid-19 symptoms. Send us details of your positive test result and we will defer your entry to 2022.

The Information Desk will be located in the Home Supporters ticket window, outside the stadium near Gate 5.
If you need to visit the Information desk, keep 2 meters apart and wear your mask.
This is also a Lost Property and Lost Child Desk.

You must arrive at Stadium Gate 2 at your Wave Time. Please select your Wave Time by logging into your Active Account https://myevents.active.com/ and selecting 'Purchase Merchandise'.  Wave Times are from 08:50 to 10:00 and will be printed on your bib. This is the time that you should arrive at the stadium.
Please wait in your vehicle if you are early. If you didn’t select a Wave Time then we will allocate one for you. We will start groups of 6 runners every 15 seconds.

Please keep 2m away from other participants before the start.

There will be no bag drop facilities at this event. This is to reduce virus transmission and bunching. Please leave your bag in your vehicle.
Central Milton Keynes train station also rents lockers.

There are no showers or changing facilities in 2021 due to Covid-19.

Sorry, but we will not be selling merchandise on race day in 2021. You can order merchandise here: https://mk-marathon.myshopify.com/collections/mk-marathon-branded-items

No spectators will be allowed in the stadium or at the start area. Instead, encourage your spectators to find a quiet spot on the course or watch our Facebook page live stream of the finish from home.

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.

We know that the finish of any event is a positive experience, however social distancing and hygiene measures must remain of paramount importance. Please keep moving after you cross the finish line and do not hug or shake hands.


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.

You must arrive at your Wave Time. Please select your Wave Time by logging into your Active Account https://myevents.active.com/ and selecting 'Purchase Merchandise'.  Wave Times will be printed on your bib. This is the time that you should arrive at the venue.
Please wait in your vehicle if you are early. If you didn’t select a Wave Time then we will allocate one for you. We will start groups of 6 runners every 15 seconds.

Please be self-sufficient and bring with you what you will need to refuel and hydrate during the event. We will provide water refill stations on the course to minimise contact and details of these will be in the race guide. Water will also be available in paper cups at the refill stations. 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...

  • Rocket 5k: Mile 2
  • Turing 10k & Relay: Mile 3
  • Half Marathon: Mile 6 and 10
  • Marathon: Mile 6, 10, 13, 19, and 23.

Yes, portable toilets will be available at the Water Refill Stations

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 and Turing 10k, located on the nearest lamp post to the mile point.

  • 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.

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.

No, but you must wear a face mask before the start.
Bins will be provided to dispose of masks at the start line.

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.

Participants may only overtake another participant when it is safe to do so and giving at least 1m space.

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

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’.

Please do not drop any litter on the course.
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. There will be awards for the fastest team in each category.

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. Race bibs and chips will be posted to team members two weeks before the race. If all of the team members haven't registered by 18 May then the team bibs/chips will be posted to the team captain.

The team captain must select an arrival Wave Time, which is the time that the first runner should arrive at gate 2 of the stadium.

There won't be any baggage facilities for relay runners in 2021 due to Covid-19.

Full instructions will be published before the race weekend

There won't be a baton in 2021 due to Covid-19. Each runner will have a bib and timing chip. Full instructions will be in the Relay Race Guide.

There will be prizes for the 1st male, 1st female, and 1st Mixed team (at least one lady). These will be posted after the event weekend.


ROCKET 5K

Yes, we are planning on posting numbers 2 weeks before race day in 2021.

The Rocket 5k will start in Avebury Boulevard outside the Xscape building. Participants should meet in Campbell Park for their Wave Time, and they will be taken to the start line following social distancing. Portable toilets will be available in Campbell Park.

This year the finish area will be inside StadiumMK.

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.

Yes, prizes for the first three men and the first three ladies. These will be posted after the event weekend.

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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