The man behind the eighth Milton Keynes Marathon will be running for the first time this year.
Andy Hully, Race Director, founded the MK Marathon in 2011 and is going to be running the Rightmove MK Rocket 5k this year, with the support of his daughter Rosalind, 22, and son Dan, 29, who are also taking part.
He has taken part in three marathons in the past, but never the MK one as he is always too busy organising the event to join in. This year – confident in the skills of the team around him – he has committed to running the Rightmove Rocket 5k on Sunday 5 May, alongside 2,300 fellow runners.
He said: “Rosalind has done parkruns in the past, but this is her first organised race event. The plan is for us to run together, but we won’t run with Dan as he’s too fast! My other son, Sam, will be working at the finish line, so it’s a real family affair! I’ve decided to do it because it’s a great event, with a great atmosphere, and it’s a good distance. It will be brilliant to be on the receiving end for once as usually I’m behind the scenes organising everything. It’s not about how long it takes us to run, it’s about soaking up the atmosphere. We’re all excited!”
The events will take place over Bank Holiday Weekend on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May. With five races on the calendar – the Rightmove MK Marathon, Rightmove MK Half Marathon, BMI MK Marathon Relay, Rightmove MK Rocket and the Brioche Superhero Fun Run – this has become one of the biggest community events in the city.
It is consistently ranked in the top 10 UK marathons and attracts athletes from across the world. This year, 10,000 runners are expected to take part in the events.
Starting and finishing at the home of Milton Keynes Don’s football club, the Stadium MK provides a spectacular start and finish for the race, while the Rightmove MK Marathon will take runners past sights including Willen Lake, the Peace Pagoda, the historic Linford Manor and Bradwell Windmill. Runners will get to enjoy scenic routes past MK’s tree-lined boulevards, lakes, parks and woodland.
The Rightmove MK Marathon Weekend has become so big that it even has its own post-race festival at the Rightmove Race Village, complete with food, music and drink! Situated outside Gate 5 of Stadium MK, there will be a full line up of exciting live acts on stage, and many different activities for all the family to participate in.
Andy Hully added: “We are really looking forward to it! I’ve never run one of my own events before so it will be brilliant to experience it, especially with family.”
Visit http://www.mkmarathon.com for further details.