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Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon reimagined for 2020

Milton Keynes bucks the trend with unique race experience

Organisers of the Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend are making all the right moves when it comes to embracing technology to offer an alternative racing experience, with the key elements being Train – Race – Reward, in a brand new concept.

Race director, Andrew Hully, explained the ethos of the reimagined event to runABC online: “Sadly, given the current uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, and lack of clarity for the future of mass participation events, the 2020 Rightmove MK Marathon Weekend cannot proceed in the traditional way. However, we are delighted to give our participants an exciting racing alternative to ensure they still get the fantastic race experience that they were hoping for this September”.  

The event website states the new arrangements go far beyond the criteria of the usual virtual race. So what's different? Well, for a start, everyone can run the original course in their chosen event, from the Rightmove MK Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, Turing 10K, Rocket 5K or Superhero Fun Run. 

The unique factor at Milton Keynes is 24-hour access to advanced GPS timing technology, with turn-by-turn voice navigation, for a two-week period between 6-19 September. Runners can even register for more than one distance and can also train over the course in advance of their race effort, fully exploiting the available electronic support. 

The rewards stack up according to the distance completed, with all entrants receiving the same technical support; inspirational VE 75th anniversary-themed medal; downloadable race bib and virtual goody bag. The Turing 10K and above adds a technical T-shirt and 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles gets you a running waist belt as well.

Andrew Hully adds: “We want our runners to experience all the excitement and joy of running our event, but in a safe and sensible way that will observe the need for government-imposed social distancing. Our Reimagined event is not a virtual race. It’s an EA measured and AIMS certified race route, taking in the beautiful lakes and scenery of Milton Keynes”. 

All existing entrants are automatically ready to race and there is still time to join the regulars for this epic event by visiting Rightmove MK Marathon Reimagined website here

Your correspondent has fond memories of running the original Milton Keynes International Marathon in 1980, where he achieved his only sub-2:40 PB. How times have changed...! 

Image courtesy Rightmove MK Marathon

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