Medical Advice

Participating in and training for a marathon has enormous health benefits. However, it is also a huge physical challenge that requires a sensible and safe approach.

We advise that you do not participate on Race Day unless you have achieved the recommended mileage in your training runs and urge you to take the time to understand issues surrounding hydration, fuel, and any medications you might be taking.

Suppose you have any medical conditions, such as heart (cardiac) problems, asthma, or diabetes. In that case, you must check with your medical adviser or GP whether there is any medical reason why you should not train or take part. They may advise against you running; if they do, you must take their advice.

Please notify us of your medical condition when you enter the event. Please include full details of any medical problems, medication, allergies, and contact details on the back of your running number should we need to treat you during the race.

Suppose you have previously encountered significant medical problems while participating in a running event, such as heat or hydration issues. In that case, you must check with your medical advisers and/or a sports physician whether or not you should take part in the event.

If you cannot take part, you can view your options here.

The MK Marathon Weekend has employed the services of experienced clinical specialists to support the event. Medical teams will be on-site at all times, at the Start, Finish, and on the course.

The course will include First Aid stations, rapid Response Cars, Emergency Ambulances, and Cycle Response Units.

Most casualties will be treated at the nearest medical station. More serious cases will be transported to the stadium’s Static First Aid Point. In serious cases, patients will be transported by ambulance to A&E at Milton Keynes Hospital.

Dropping out of the race
If you feel unwell or pick up an injury, make your way to the nearest course marshall, who will arrange transportation back to the stadium. If you have a serious medical requirement, the course marshal can request medical assistance.

Emergency Access
In the unlikely event that an emergency vehicle needs to cross or access the course, please stop and do not obstruct them.


  • Please take care and listen to your body.
  • Do not come to the event if you are showing any Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Consult your GP if you have any medical problems or are taking medications.
  • If you are feeling unwell before the race, DO NOT run.
  • If you become unwell during the race, stop and ask a course marshal for medical assistance or go to the nearest first aid station.
  • Drink sensibly during the race, and do not take on too much or too little fluids.
  • Consult the manufacturer’s advice on consuming energy drinks or gels.
  • If you feel unwell after the race, seek advice from your GP or a medical professional.