Milton Keynes Marathon
Run our multi-award winning marathon with thousands of other runners on 2nd and 3rd of May 2020. Consistently ranked in the top 10 UK marathons, an AIMS/IAAF Grade A certified race, affiliated to England Athletics with BARR Gold accreditation for outstanding race management. Our event is measured to a world wide standard and is a qualifying event for London, Boston and other majors. Plus you get an amazing stadium finish.
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The Milton Keynes Marathon Course
Saturday 2nd May 2020
A fun and fast 5k race with proven PB potential running from CMK to the stadium with extra special medal. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the buzz of marathon weekend without the extra mileage!
Sunday 3rd May 2020
Consistently ranked in the top 10 UK marathons, an AIMS/IAAF Grade A certified race, with BARR Gold accreditation for outstanding race management and an amazing stadiumMK finish.
The MK Half is a very popular and scenic half marathon event and is an AIMS/IAAF Grade A certified race, with BARR Gold accreditation for outstanding race management and an amazing stadiumMK finish.
Marathon Relay runs alongside the Milton Keynes Marathon event, pitting teams of four runners (adults only 17+) against each other, each competitor running a leg of 6.2, 6.9, 6.9 and 6.2 miles. The relay event is open to businesses, charities, clubs or even groups of friends and is characterised by a strong element of friendly competition as teams compete to be seen as the fittest or the fastest.
Superhero Fun Run
The Superhero Fun Run is a fantastic event for runners (or walkers!) of all ages and abilities. Experience what being a superhero is all about as you cross the stadium finish line cheered by thousands of admiring spectators. 1200 amazing Superheroes took park this year! This is a very colourful and fun addition to the MK Marathon event for the whole family.
Earn Extra Medals
One weekend. Two days of running. Three times the bling!
In addition to the MK 5K finisher medals, runners who participating in both the Sunday 5K and the Marathon, Half or Relay will receive a third medal – the MK Challenge Medal.
Take both Runner Numbers to the MEDAL tent located near baggage after the main event (Half / Marathon / Relay) to collect your MK Challenge Medal.