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Milton Keynes Festival of Running

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The Milton Keynes Half Marathon and Festival of Running takes place on Sunday 17th March 2019 starting at our wonderful Xscape city-centre venue and we hope you will come and join us!

The festival consists of a family friendly or super-swift 5k event, our classic 10k distance race, our ever popular half marathon distance race and our 20 miler for those who like to go long.

If youre running the Virgin London Marathon, Brighton Marathon or one of the other big spring marathon races, the longer races are ideal races for you to add to your preparation programme. The courses are mainly flat, fast and well marshalled to ensure you get any assistance you need.

We also have some wonderful experienced pacers running in the half marathon and the 20 mile event to help you achieve your goals. All youve got to do is hang on!

The races start on the central dual-carriageways of Milton Keynes then winds through some beautiful scenery. 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!

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.

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How to enter the Milton Keynes Festival of Running

  1. 20 Miles

    Run 20mi
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
  3. 10 K

    Run 10km
  4. 5 K

    Run 5km

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Milton Keynes Festival of Running routes

The course is run on the roads and bicycle paths that dissect Milton Keynes (all tar macadam). The half marathon, 10k and 5k routes consist of a one-lap course with mile markers at each mile point. The 20m route consists of one 10k loop and two 11k loops.

Event Details

What’s Included

We are delighted to be offering a pacing service for the longer races. In 2018, we had pacers for the following events and times. We will know nearer the 2019 race date what we have secured but will aim for the same:

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

Raceday Logistics

9:50 am – MK 20 mile

10:00 am – MK 5k run

10:10 am – MK 10k run

10:45 am – MK Half Marathon

All information will be sent to you with your timing chip and race number about three weeks before the race but there is an Information Point in the start / finish area outside the Xscape building.

Kit List

There are no changing facilities and it is recommended that you arrive in your running kit.

We have a secure baggage area in place, however, if you have travelled by car, it is always safer to leave your bags and valuables in the boot of your car. The baggage area is situated close to the start / finish area and the information point.

We recommend you wear clothing specifically designed for running. It will be made from a technical fibre that will wick away moisture keeping you dry. Cotton will absorb moisture making the clothing heavy and it’ll keep you cold in cold conditions.

Always wear running specific footwear. You’ll maybe uncomfortable and risk injury if you are wearing a shoe designed for another sport.


There are ample places to watch around the courses but please bear in mind that parking will be tight and you need to arrive early if you want to avoid the closed roads.


We are always delighted to have any and all volunteers so please do get in touch through the MK Half website


– Your race number

– Money for tea / coffee / food

– To eat well and to avoid alcohol the night before the event

– To eat something light and drink plenty of water throughout the morning of the event

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 Wednesday 13th March 2019 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

Age Limit?

Runners must be of minimum age to compete in one of the Milton Keynes Festival of Running events as follows

20 miles

18 years

Half Marathon

17 years


11 years


15 years

The race is run under UK Athletics rules.

Cut off time for 20miles?

All runners must be fit enough to have finished by 2pm. We 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 Monday 25th February 2019.

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. See you on Sunday


We can defer entries up until midnight of March 10th. After this date, we will not defer entries to the 2019 event.


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 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.

Wheelchair Users

This event is not suitable for competitors in wheelchairs

Special Needs

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 hence having a cut off time of 2pm.

What time should I arrive at the venue?

Get there an hours before your race start time. This will leave enough time to get parked up and allows you enough time to use the loos.

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 19th 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.

Public Transport

Trains to Milton Keynes are not as frequent on a Sunday and there are often rail works. Please check at 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.


Sorry, no buggies are allowed. The races are just too busy for them and we want o ensure the safety of all runners.

Milton Keynes Festival of Running weather forecast

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Milton Keynes Festival of Running reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the 20 Miles in 2019

    I really like this race but I know it divides opinion. I did the 20mile as it fits well into spring marathon training. The course is a mixed bag, with some pretty sections but other long stretches along dual carriage ways. You also do 21/2 laps, great if you want to know what's coming but not everyone likes laps. Course is flat but quite a few underpasses that can get annoying. Watch out for that short sharp hill in the last mile though! Otherwise well organised and good value for money.