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 buzzing event atmosphere with over 5000 participants, it's a must add to this autumn'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 5th Sep 2021
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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
20 Miles:
9:50am |
Half Marathon:
10:45am |
10:10am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for MK Festival of Running
1 Loop
£8.00 - £12.00
1 Loop
Half Marathon
1 Loop
£25.00 - £27.00
20 Miles
3 Loops
£29.00 - £31.00
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 MK 20 Mile Start
10:00 MK 5k Run Start
10:10 MK 10k Run Start
10:45 MK Half Marathon Start
14:00 Cut-off time
Please note all information and race packets containing your timing chip and race number will be sent to you via post before the race.
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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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 Milton Keynes Festival of Running?
Yes, the runners will have a 2pm cutoff 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?
Results will be available on the event website later that day.
Where do I buy my race photos?
Race photos will be available at this link:
Is there somewhere I can leave my bag while I run?
Yes, there will be a secure baggage drop available for all runners.
Are there showers or changing rooms available?
Unfortunately there will be no showers or changing facilities so please arrive ready to run.
20 reviews
ParkingGreat parking
ThumbsUpWell organized
ValueGreat value
Did the Half Marathon 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 20 Miles in 2021
Really enjoyed this event organisation was very good. Was a bit hot - could you order cooler weather next time 😂
Did the Half Marathon 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 20 Miles 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 Half Marathon in 2021
Great atmosphere to run.. Very well organised.. Volunteers did an amazing job.. Good course for a beginner
Did the 5k in 2021
Amazing, will definitely coming back again, next time will be 10k instead. I would like to thanks everyone was involved organising this event.
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
So much more could be done you can hardly call it a festival as there is nothing to see or do might be an idea to have stalls that sell running items and some music on the way round would be brilliant. At the finish line all you were given was a bottle of water and your medal not a goodie bag in sight don't think I will be taking part in this event again and I've spoken to several other runners who were just as disappointed as me
Did the 20 Miles in 2021
Maybe a goody bag at the end would of been nice apart from a warm bottle of water. Also the 20 mile route maybe needs to change due to very tedious running round Willen lake 3 times.
Did the 5k in 2021
Fab race, lot's of cheering and support with helpful attendants. Course is half uphill and mostly road and track !
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
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