Murphy Runs Column: MK ‘Re-Imagined’ Marathon

Murphy Runs gives the lowdown on the new-look September race.

Finally! A solution that offers more than just a virtual race – the Milton Keynes ‘Re-Imagined’ Marathon.

The Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend cannot go ahead in its usual form on 6th September, so instead, the organisers are offering the chance to run an EA measured and certified marathon course with GPS timing and voice navigation, on any day between 6th and 19th September.

There are other distances available, including halfmarathon.

This is a breath of fresh air for us runners. Many runners will have found themselves in the same position as me as we entered March.

I had trained for 13 weeks for the Manchester Marathon and of course, all races had to be cancelled. At the time, I was holding out for an autumn marathon and so I continued to run regularly to keep up my fitness, despite being unsure if I will see any start line this year.

Throughout my training, I have had the goal of achieving a sub-four hour marathon and it’s a goal I feel I am almost ready to achieve.

So, on 6th September (or around this date) I will be heading out and attempting the marathon, here in MK.

The marathon route is a two-lap course, starting at the beautiful Willen Lake and heading south towards Caldecotte, then back up to Willen. It promises to be one of the most scenic routes in MK and is a fairly flat route compared to previous MK Marathon races.

I’m so excited to give this a go. I’m being coached and supported by MK-based Clean Coach Katie and as you read this, I will be back up to those 18 and 20 mile long runs.

During the ‘re-imagined’ race itself, I hope to have a small support crew to top-up my water at the half-way point as I begin the second lap of the marathon.

I hope to see your name somewhere on that race leader board in September!

Follow Anastasia’s running adventures on Instagram @MurphyRuns

This feature was published in the August 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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