How many runners enter the race?
We had over 5000 entries in 2019: approximately 1700 in the Half Marathon, 1,500 in the 10k, 600 in the 5k and we expect approximately 1500 for the 20 mile race. We start on the roads so runners get away quickly. The events have a ‘big race’ feel but they are not so big that you will get held up by the masses as with much larger races.
When should I enter?
Please do not leave it too late. Online Entries close at midnight on Thursday 12th March 2020 but entering two weeks before allows us enough time to get your packs out to you.
How do I apply?
Enter online by clicking the online entry link on the right-hand side of any page
Runners must be of minimum age to compete in one of the Milton Keynes Festival of Running events as follows.
The race is run under UK Athletics rules and UKA set the age limits.
Cut off time for 20miles?
All runners must be fit enough to have finished by 2pm. We need to re-open the Xscape car park as part of our arrangement with them by 3pm and we need time to clear away the Finish Line and Information area. We also rely on the goodwill of marshals and people around the course to enable this race to happen and we need to ensure that the course is clear by 2pm.
When will race packs be sent out?
We will send the race packs out close to the race as they will include the race timing chip. If we send them out early, people lose them and the timing company will charge the runners a premium. We’ll start to send packs out to all runners from Tuesday 3rd March 2020.
No race pack / late entries or queries? Please don’t worry. Just come to the race Information Marquee in the Xscape Centre car park near the finish line gantry and see us there. We can sort out any issues on race day. Please get to the desk one hour before you are due to race.
Changes / Deferrals
We can make changes and defer entries up Monday March 9th. After this date, NO changes or deferrals will be allowed.
Runners often say that they’ve changed address since entering or that they live in a huge block of flats and their post goes missing. Why not get your number sent to your workplace if that is more secure. If you change your address after entering but before the info has been sent out, please tell us otherwise the info and chip will go to the wrong address.
We are using disposable chips attached to the back of your number. If you lose the number prior to the race, please contact us immediately.
We are delighted to be offering a pacing service for the longer races. We hope to have pacers for:
Half marathon 1.30, 1.40, 1.45, 1.50, 2.00, 2.10, 2.15 & 2.20 pace
20m miler pace at 2.45, 3.00 and 3.15 / 3.20
Ill or Injured?
You should not run if ill or injured for your own safety. You cannot give your number to someone else in your place. This is for insurance reasons.
This event is not suitable for competitors in wheelchairs
People with severe special needs must be accompanied by a helper/guardian to ensure the safety of that person and the competitors
Like all events, entry fees are used to hire the venue, equipment etc. Therefore, we do not issue refunds after entry.
iPods / Headphones
If you choose to run with standard headphones your insurance cover from UK Athletics will be invalidated should any incidents occur which cause injury to you, and should any actions by you cause injury to other runners/members of the public you do open yourself up to legal action for personal injury.
The only headphones that are acceptable under the insurance and accepted by UKA are the Bone Conduction Headphones. These allow you to hear external noises that would otherwise be blocked by conventional headphones.
How fit do you need to be?
Fit enough to run the whole way around. We do not encourage walkers to enter. While this sounds harsh we rely on the goodwill of over 120 volunteers and we cannot expect them to wait for hours until backmarkers have walked around. We also have an arrangement with the Xscape Centre and need to vacate the finish area by 3pm hence having a cut off time of 2pm.
What time should I arrive at the venue?
Get there an hour before your race start time. This will leave enough time to get parked up and allows you enough time to use the loos, grab a coffee / water in the Xscape Centre etc.
The race will start on time and marshals will leave positions after backmarkers have passed so please arrive on time.
Please use one of the many car parks in the city centre. There are thousands of car parking spaces all within a short walk from the start / finish area.
We will get the results on our website later on the same day. They are usually up by 5pm.
Although Chip Timing is extremely accurate, some rare errors do occur. Please contact us immediately if you think your result is wrong. You have until the end of Tuesday 17th March to come back to us so we can rectify the error. No other changes will be made after this date.
We will endeavour to award all of the prizes as soon as we can on race day. Age group prizes will be mailed out when results are deemed Final on the Tuesday following the event.
Trains to Milton Keynes are not as frequent on a Sunday and there are often rail works. Please check at www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information. The start / finish area is only a mile from the station but if want to reserve your energy, jump in a taxi outside the station.
Can I run with a Buggy?
Sorry, no buggies are allowed. The races are just too busy for them and we want to ensure the safety of all runners.
Footwear / apparel
Please ensure you wear the correct footwear for this event. We recommended buying running shoes from a specialist retailer like The Sweatshop. Technical apparel is also recommended. Remember, cotton t-shirts when wet will stick to you and feel uncomfortable. Again, a specialist retail will carry a wide range of technical apparel.
For expert running advice, visit Sweatshop in the MK Xscape Centre or read the reviews from an independent expert, we recommend www.shoeguide.run. Shoeguide review the latest footwear and will advise on the best running shoes for your running type, so if you’re looking for advice on your next pair of trainers or looking for a lighter shoe to wear in the MK Festival of Running, please visit shoeguide
Photos are available to purchase here – http://www.randrphotos.co.uk/event-photos.php