The Milton Keynes Half Marathon and Festival of Running takes place on Sunday 17th March 2024 starting at our wonderful Xscape city-centre venue and we hope you will come and join us!
The festival consists of four great events so there really is something for everyone. There is a super-swift 5k event, our classic 10k distance race, our big Half Marathon and our 20 miler for those who like to go long or are preparing for a spring marathon.
The races start on the central dual-carriageways of Milton Keynes then winds through some beautiful scenery. All courses are mainly flat, fast and have PB potential!
We hope you will gain plenty of inspiration along the way whatever your race-day goal – fun run, stepping stone to full marathon, personal best time or just to finish!
The event is organised in conjunction with Marshall Milton Keynes Athletics Club so you will be well looked after around the course.
We also have some wonderful experienced pacers running in the half marathon and the 20 mile event to help you achieve your goals. All you’ve got to do is hang on!
Milton Keynes is conveniently located just 30 minutes from London by train and just off Junction 14 of the M1, 40 minutes from the M25 and Birmingham. The Xscape centre is just 5 minutes from the motorway and has plenty of parking spaces available.
ALL events will be chip timed and there are finishers medals for all.
* This year, we are also offering you the chance to run virtually. Some people may prefer to run virtually this year and we’d like to offer you the chance to take part. Just send us proof of your run post event and we will send you your medal.
Come and run with friends and family over our shorter distance event. Everyone is welcome so round everyone up, jog / walk around our easy 5k loop and help start our festival with a bang!
If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, why don’t you come and run in our city centre MK10k? The route will be fast and traffic-free. Whether you’re looking to set a new personal best, break the hour mark or you’re just running to get round, you’ll find a warm welcome at the MK10k. It is sure to become a classic in the racing calendar.
Started in 2002 and has grown to be a great pre-London half for club and non-club runners alike. Flat and fast, you’ll run with appox 2,000 others to help you on your way to a PB! Large enough to have that ‘big race’ feel but small enough for you to run at your pace, the half really is an established classic in the running calendar.
This race is ideal for those who wish to go the extra mile and for those training for one of the big spring marathon events. You’ll have other runners around you the whole way and we’ll be out on-course to look after you every step of the way.
2023 Race Photos found here 48hrs after event.
YMCA MK takes young adults who have experienced homelessness and unemployment and works with them until they have a healthy sense of wellbeing, are in suitable accommodation and employment, and have developed the skills to sustain both.
Since 2017, Milton Keynes has been experiencing a crisis in youth homelessness with numbers reaching a record high. One in 117 people find themselves homeless in our city with over a third of these being under 25.
Living in unstable or unsafe accommodation or, in worst cases, on the streets, is a reality for many of our residents. In a recent survey, over 50% of our residents had experienced family breakdown, many have been victims of abuse or violence, have been in the care system or experienced extreme poverty.
We moved into our brand-new building in March 2020 and the new building is now home to 226 young people. The 3-stage accommodation pathway offered by YMCA Milton Keynes is designed to support residents out of homelessness and into meaningful and sustainable employment. Residents have access to a Personal Development Coach and a range of activities to support them.
There are lots of ways you can support the next generation of Milton Keynes, by donating during the checkout process on your race entry to the Festival of Running or choose to get sponsored for your running challenge. You can find YMCA MK on Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving and Local Giving. You’ll receive your own fundraising expert to answer your questions and support your training plus lots more!
To join team YMCA MK call the fundraising team on 01908 295 600 or email Nia at firstname.lastname@example.org and help change the life of a young person.
For more information please visit: https://mkymca.com/.
MK Race tees are available to buy online along with your entry. They are technical tees and come in both mens and women’s sizes - Small, Med, Large, XL. If you’ve already entered and would like one, please send us an email
A Pace Pocket is a fabric wristband with a storage pocket for your keys/cards/cash and printed pace times for your half marathon. They can be purchased at checkout when you are entering at only £7 and will be posted to you prior to the event. Just select the time option closest to your target time.
Please note that this item is being provided by a third party and your name and address with be sent to them in order to deliver the item