17th March 2024

at 09:50

Xscape Centre

MK Festival of Running

The entry system is now closed. If you wish to run, please go to the Info Tent in front of the Xscape building in their car park. See our crew members there and you can enter on the day.

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.

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Festival of Running

Following our move to the wonderful Xscape city centre venue, we are once again able to host a number of additional events in addition to the Milton Keynes Half Marathon event. In fact, it has enabled us to hold a whole Festival of Running! We hope that you will join us and help make Milton Keynes the world’s number 1 – if only for a day! ALL races in the series are chip timed.

MK 5k

A fun run for all

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!

MK 10k

The classic distance

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.

MK Half

The original

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.

MK 20 Mile

The long one

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.

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Please note, we organise the event under UK Athletics rules. There is an age limit for each of the above events. Please see our FAQ page for more details.

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If your number has not turned up, please go to the Info Tent in the Xscape building car park on race day and see the crew there. You will be on the database and the crew can issue you a number.

If you wish to make any changes to your entry at this stage, please go to the Info Tent on race day and see our crew members there. No changes can be made to the database before the race.

If you wish to enter, please go to the Info Tent on race day.

Results are here


If you have any queries regarding the results, please contact our timing team at timingcrew@resultsbase.net 

2023 Race Photos found here 48hrs after event.

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Results & Photos


If you have any queries relating to results, please email timingcrew@resultsbase.net 

Photos for the event can be found and are available to purchase from here

Previous Results



MK Festival Race Tee 2024 – only £10 plus £2 p&p

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

Pace Pockets

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

Pace Pockets

We hope to welcome you in Milton Keynes soon.