MK Festival of Running

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Kickstart your marathon training season with the Milton Keynes Festival of Running. With 4 events to choose from and a rocking atmosphere with thousands of participants, it's a must-add to this spring's running calendar. Come smash your PB on the flat course and receive a themed medal.
20 Miles, Half Marathon, 10k, and 1 more
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Sun, 12 Mar 2023
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Xscape, 602 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3XS, UK
Start times
Sun, 12 Mar 2023
20 Miles:
9:50am |
Half Marathon:
10:45am |
10:10am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for MK Festival of Running
Route information
Experience this well-organised running event in Milton Keynes by signing up for one of the 4 available races that boasts over 5000 participants.
Participants can choose between 5k, 10k, half marathon, or for those who are in it for the long run, 20 miles to criss-cross Milton Keynes on fast and flat tarmac roads.
With pacers available for the half marathon and 20 mile distances, this event is the perfect training event for those looking to smash their previous marathon season.
The half marathon, 10k and 5k routes consist of a one-lap course with mile markers at each mile point. The 20 mile route consists of one 10k loop and two 11k loops.
*Please note that walkers are not recommended signing up for these races as the event needs to be finished by 3pm.
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What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Prizes for race winners
  • Pacers
  • Photos for purchase
  • Chip-timed results
  • Water on course
  • Secure baggage area
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2020 MK Festival of Running Medal
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How to get there
Xscape, 602 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3XS, UK
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By Rail
Milton Keynes Central station is approximately a mile walk from the event site, which will be clearly signposted. Taxis are also available outside the train station.
For train times and travel information, please consult the National Rail website at
By Car
Travelling from the M1: Exit the M1 at Junction 14 and take the A509 towards Central Milton Keynes. Take the 2nd exit towards H6 Childs Way at the 1st roundabout.
Continue on the same road over the next 5 roundabouts, and at the South Secklow roundabout turn right onto Secklow Gate. The XScape Building is on your right.
Travelling from the A5: Exit the A5 towards the A509 to Milton Keynes Central. Take the 3rd exit from the south, and 1st exit from the north, signposted A509.
Continue over 3 roundabouts, and take the 3rd exit onto Secklow Gate at the 4th roundabout. The Xscape Centre will be ahead of you on your left at the junction with Avebury Boulevard (third set of traffic controlled lights).
There is plenty of multi-story and open car parks very close to the Xscape Centre. Please park in any of them and make you way over to Xscape Centre, but make note that parking fees will apply in most of them.
Event day logistics
09:50 20 Mile starts
10:00 5k starts
10:10 10k starts
10:45 Half Marathon starts
14:00 Cut-off time
Please arrive in your running kit as there are no changing facilities available.
It is suggested that you arrive at least 90 minutes before the event to give yourself enough time to find a parking space and to get to the start / finish areas, use the loos etc.
Water Stations
Water will be available on the course at 3, 6, 9 & 11 miles for the Half Marathon, the same plus 14 and 17 miles for the 20 mile and at 3 miles for the 10k.
Water is available for all three events at the finish. Please bring your own water to drink prior to the start.
Toilets will be available in the Xscape car park near the start/finish lines. There are limited toilets along the course which will be situated at the 3 mile and 10 mile marks.
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MK Events
Best known for the Milton Keynes Festival of Running, MK Events is a well established organiser located in South East England
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Spectator Info
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.
Will there be a cut-off time for the 20 mile race at the MK Festival of Running?
Yes, the runners will have a 2pm cut-off time as the course and finish are need to be cleared out by 3pm.
When will race packs be sent out for the MK Festival of Running?
Race packs will be sent out close to the race, approximately 2 weeks before race day. If you enter late, there will be a Race Information Marquee in the Xscape Centre car park near the finish line where you can pick up your packet and sort out any issues.
Can I wear headphones during the MK Festival of Running?
Yes, although please note that if you run with standard headphones your insurance cover from UKA will be invalidated should any incidents occur.
How do I get my race results from the MK Festival of Running?
Results will be available on the event website later that day.
Where do I buy my race photos from the MK Festival of Running?
Race photos will be available at this link:
Is there somewhere I can leave my bag while I run the MK Festival of Running?
Yes, there will be a secure baggage drop available for all runners.
Are there showers or changing rooms available at the MK Festival of Running?
Unfortunately there will be no showers or changing facilities so please arrive ready to run.
26 reviews
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Did the race in 2022
To run 13.1 miles and only receive a bottle of water is really poor no banana or nut bar in site! Over all event was well organised easy to get to and park, plenty of toilets and great Marshalls,
Did the race in 2022
Good course, mostly flat but with a killer hill at the end! Marshals were friendly and encouraging. Organisation at start could have been better, not entirely clear where to go and couldn't hear the loud speaker.
Did the race in 2022
Great first 1/2 marathon experience!
Did the race in 2022
Great event. Well marshalled. Well supported. Route lovely. Would highly recommend. Easy parking. Ta
Did the race in 2022
First half of route along main roads was great but second half was more akin to a weekly park run and up and down red-ways and disappointing. Then waited all day for an e-mail confirming result which never came. Not easy to find result of race afterwards. Official photos could be cheaper and I’m sure more would be sold. Volunteers on route where great - thank you!
Did the race in 2021
Disappointing race; impossible to change my entry from the 20 miles to the Half Marathon despite promises and many emails from the organisers beforehand so had to go through changing it on the day. Only a medal (just ribbon denoting which race) and bottle of water at the end. Won't be doing this one again.
Did the race in 2021
Really enjoyed this event organisation was very good. Was a bit hot - could you order cooler weather next time 😂
Did the race in 2021
This was my first ever race, so was a bit nervous. The organisers and marshalls were so helpful and encouraging throughout. Was welcomed into the running community
Did the race in 2021
Great, well run event. Only suggestion would be if the 20 milers could have a longer cut off than 4 hours, maybe start earlier for the slow runners like me. I let the cut off time get to me which negatively impacted my mindset. Otherwise a brilliant event.
Did the race in 2021
Great atmosphere to run.. Very well organised.. Volunteers did an amazing job.. Good course for a beginner
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