The race will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2013, starting at 10am from the impressive stadium MK.

Andrew Hully, race director, is very pleased with the changes that have been made to this year's event, ‘We’ve had approval from Milton Keynes Council to run the marathon up to the City Centre at the start of the race. This is a unique opportunity to run along the famous tree lined Boulevards of Milton Keynes and a great spot for friends and family to see you on your marathon journey.’


Milton Keynes is a unique location for a marathon because of the amazing and varied scenery including city centre, lakes, parks, canal and even woodland. The course is traffic free on closed roads and cycle paths or “redways” as they are known locally and is gently undulating with no significant incline providing real PB potential.


We offer a ‘Big Marathon’ experience with lots of entertainment en route to help motivate you and to attract crowds of spectators to cheer you on. Runners and spectators will enjoy an electric atmosphere at the finish of the race inside the state of the art Stadium MK.

In addition to the main Marathon and the Corporate Relay event, sponsored by Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, there will be a Superhero Fun Run for friends and family.  The Superhero Fun Run is a fantastic event for runners (or walkers!) of all ages and abilities. Experience what being a superhero is all about as you cross the stadium finish line cheered by thousands of admiring spectators.



This year we will be using the huge stadium MK Arena for baggage and changing. You will be able to access the stadium concourse directly from the Arena after the race. The majority of the concourse and toilets will be open from 8am as well as five entrances to give easy access to the stadium.

Pete Youell, MD for UK & Ireland, SKECHERS, said, I am extremely excited to be part of such a huge racing event, especially as this is the first time SKECHERS have been involved in sponsoring a Marathon in the UK. We are anticipating the Milton Keynes 2013 Marathon to establish SKECHERS as a Performance footwear brand and look forward to building a great relationship with the team.’’



Runners looking for events to start their summer season will be turning their eyes towards Sunderland this year.  Following the success of the inaugural Marathon of the North in 2012, founder Steve Cram has added a half marathon to the programme of events that is scheduled for Sunday 28 April.  Add in the third Sunderland City 10k and around 6,000 people are expected to participate in this growing festival of running.


All three events, which are backed by Sunderland City Council, start and finish outside Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light and will take runners to other iconic locations in the city.  The marathon and half marathon will start at the same time and competitors will head over the Wearmouth Bridge and run a course south of the River Wear, before heading back to the stadium.  The marathon runners will then tackle a second loop north of the river, and then return once again to the stadium.


A key element of the day’s events will be the 321 Club Challenge, designed to encourage athletics, running and triathlon clubs to get involved in the races.  To qualify, a club needs to enter at least six runners (including one woman) – three in the 10k, two in the half marathon and one in the marathon.  The aggregate fastest times of the leading six runners from each club will count towards the challenge, with three cash prizes up for grabs of £500, £200 and £100. 


Organisers are determined to make the Marathon of the North, Half Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k as ‘club friendly’ as possible.


As well as the 321 Club Challenge, all 



registered club runners get a discount on their entry into the runs and there will be a room set aside for club runners at the Stadium of Light on the day, where they can gather before and after the races and enjoy refreshments and massage.  In addition, all finishers will receive a technical t-shirt.


As well as the club challenge, there will also be individual prizes in all three races - for first, second and third man and woman and in the veteran 40+, 50+ and 60+ categories.


Entries for the Marathon of the North and the Half Marathon of the North are now being accepted at  Entry to the marathon is £34 for club runners and £36 for non club runners; entry to the half marathon is £30 for club runners and £32 for non club runners; entry for the 10k is £20 for club runners and £22 for non club runners (at  DS Media and Events, a company set up in 2010 by Dave Roberts and Steve Cram, will oversee the organisation of all three events.


For more information, please contact Chris Lines on 07971 868329, or


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