Sunday 6th May 2019 saw me take part in my very first MK Marathon Relay. A group of 8 from work created two teams to take part in my hometown event…and what an event it was. Navigating the roads and redways of Milton Keynes, the race started and finished at the iconic MK Dons Football Stadium.
While this was not the first big event I have taken entered in MK, I had forgot just how fantastic the turnout is for local athletes and supporters alike. The streets were packed with people cheering and shouting words of encouragement. I would almost go as far as to say it made the running a little bit easier.
The relay is a unique event. You meet at the stadium to register your team and pick up your bib numbers and baton. From there you make you way to the start line to cheer on your first runner. Minutes after they passed it’s time to head to the car and beat them to the first changeover point. While I initially thought there would be a lot of standing around, there really isn’t. Cheering and whooping is the order of the day as your cheer on the other runners to the point where you nearly forget it’s your turn next. I ran leg two, about 12km, and it weaved through Woughton and past Willen Lake. A lovely scenic route which took in some of my favourite places.
Towards the end of the final leg we met up with our last runner and ran into the stadium as a team to the cheers of the watching crowd.
The race was exceptionally well organised and information was provided about every aspect of the day. This took the pressure of for some of our less experienced runners.
All in all, a fab day.