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Milton Keynes 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 spring's running calendar. Come smash your PB on the flat course and receive a themed medal.

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Gareth W
"I really like this race but I know it divides opinion. I did the 20mile as it..."
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How to enter the Milton Keynes Festival of Running

  1. 20 Miles

    Run 20mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  3. 10 K

    Run 10km
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  4. 5 K

    Run 5km
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Milton Keynes Festival of Running routes

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 20m 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 relies heavily on volunteers and has an agreement with the Xscape Centre and need to vacate finish area by 3pm.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip timing
  • Pacers
  • Finisher's medal
  • Photos for purchase
  • Water on course
  • Secure baggage area
Raceday Logistics


09:50: MK 20 mile

10:00: MK 5k run

10:10: MK 10k run

10:45:MK Half Marathon

Please note all information and race packets containing your timing chip and race number will be sent to you via post before the race.


There will be a secure baggage area available near the start/finish area.

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.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a cutoff 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, beginning from Tuesday 3rd March 2020. 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.
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Milton Keynes Festival of Running weather forecast

Light rain until evening.

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Meet the organizer

The Milton Keynes Half Marathon and Festival of Running starting at our wonderful Xscape city-centre venue and we hope you will come and join us! The festival consists of a gentle 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.

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.