Milton Keynes Marathon
Stuart Pender and Jane Grundy ventured to Milton Keynes to run the marathon. The expected heatwave came to fruition with it being 19 degrees at the 10am start.
Temperatures continued to rise throughout the race to a tropical 26, with the tree lined avenues and park land offering some respite. The people of Milton Keynes and surrounding villages were out in force with ice pops, buckets of water, super soakers and garden hoses, all of which were gratefully received especially in the latter stages.
The route itself was a relatively flat circular course, starting at the MK Dons stadium and headed north, going through some of the infamous roundabouts, before turning into small housing estates and pretty villages. The route went through a number of parks and along the side of rivers and canals before heading back to finish inside the stadium.
Jane Grundy finished the course in 3 hours 54 whilst Stuart knocked 9 minutes off his previous PB in a time of 4.14.
Heat aside, the route is definitely recommended as an alternative to city centre road running.