MK Marathon
Mon 5 May 2025 Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK

MK Marathon

A multi award-winning marathon consistently ranked in the top 10 UK marathons with a stadium finish to give you goosebumps! AIMS-certified and BARR Gold accreditation for outstanding race management.

  • Mon 5 May 2025
Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

MK Marathon



Age 18 & over

  • 26.2 miles road running


Conquer the Rocket 5K on Sunday or the half marathon, marathon or relay on Bank Holiday Monday. Run both days to earn a third MK Challenge medal.

For the kids there's a colourful Superhero Fun Run on Monday plus entertainment, face painting and a fun fair!

All Monday events finish inside the stunning Stadium MK so that you can cross the line to cheers of thousands of spectators!

Do something epic with your Bank Holiday weekend in spring.


  • Multi-Award-winning

    Marathon event consistently ranked in the top 10 UK marathons.

  • Bank holiday weekend

    Popular running festival featuring a range of distances, live music, street food, bars and kids entertainment.

  • Natural beauty

    Scenic, interesting, inspiring, fun and fast to show off this green city.

  • All ages and abilities

    Fun run, 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, relay plus MK Challenge.

This event is part of MK Marathon Weekend.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Teams
  • Wheelchair users

2025 schedule to be confirmed.


  • 07:00 | Rocket 5K runners arrive
  • 09:00 | Rocket 5K race start
  • 09:30 | Ice cream van and coffee
  • 09:45 | Awards presentation
  • 10:30 | Coaches depart to central Milton Keynes
  • 10:30 | Day one Ends

Bank Holiday Monday

  • 08:00 | Runners arrive
  • 09:00 | Music starts
  • 09:40 | Warm up
  • 10:00 | Main races start
  • 10:30 | Fun Run race start
  • 11:00 | Street food opens
  • 11:00 | Bar opens
  • 11:00 | Music/DJ commences
  • 11:00 | Fun run awards
  • 11:45 | Half marathon awards
  • 12:45 | Live Music by the Ultimate Coldplay on stage
  • 13:30 | Marathon awards
  • 14:00 | Relay awards
  • 17:30 | Day two ends


  • Live music
  • DJs
  • Street food
  • Bar
  • Face painting
  • Funfair
The headline act in 2024.

  • Bag storage
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Paid parking
  • Park
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Stadium MK
Stadium Way West
Milton Keynes

All Monday events finish inside the stunning Stadium MK - experience being cheered on by thousands of spectators!

Bag storage

Please note there is no bag storage for the Rocket 5K event.

Paid parking

There is plenty of parking at the stadium area and central Milton Keynes but you may need to pay using RingGo.

5K runners may prefer to park at the stadium then lift share into the town centre.

  • 2 laps
  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Marshals
  • PB
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Wave start

This multi-award-winning marathon event is consistently ranked in the top 10 UK marathons, an AIMS-certified race, with BARR Gold accreditation for outstanding race management.

A London and Boston marathon qualifying event, an Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships qualifier, and an England Athletics Masters qualifying event for Club Road Runners aged 35+

The MK Marathon starts from one of the fabulous Milton Keynes landmarks, the Stadium MK. See you at the finish!

Route map


Route description

Milton Keynes is blessed with a tremendous amount of natural beauty as is lucky to have a world-class system of smooth and wide cycle paths known as redways. This event takes advantage of those factors to show off the green city, giving runners a course that is scenic, interesting, inspiring, fun to run, fast, and excitingly different from other marathons. 

Cut off

6 hours 30 minutes.

There is a course time limit of 6 hours 30 minutes.


  • Bring your own cup
  • Recycling
  • Reusable cups

  • Chip timing
  • Goody bag
  • GPS tracking
  • Medal
  • Post-race meal
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Trophy
  • T-shirt

MK Challenge medal

One weekend. Two days of running. Three times the bling! 

Runners who participate in the Rocket 5K on Sunday plus an event on the Bank Holiday Monday (Half, Marathon, or Relay) will receive a third medal – the MK Challenge Medal.


  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Insurance available
  • Race pack by post

Entry fees

Entry fee (Unaffiliated)


Entry fee (Affiliated)


Gold winner

This event has been awarded a Gold athlete-rated badge for consistently high reviews.


My first marathon and I loved it. That was down to just how well organised it was. Marshall support was first class, as were drink stations. Crowd support was so much better than I ever thought it would be. Quite honestly I have nothing but praise for this event and would highly recommend it to others. Thank for making my experience so memorable. Sophie W

Absolutely love this event. I have now ran it 5 times so have earnt my legend medal yeah. The Marshalls are awesome as always as well as the crowds. It feels like a home race for me. And hope to keep doing it as long as I can. I was lucky to get picked to be an Ambassador for the race this year and have loved it. It has great scenery also and they point out places of interest along the route. Becci S

Incredible weekend, can’t wait to compete again!!! Soo much fun, family friendly for all an amazing course and such a good atmosphere you can’t help get sucked in and want more!!! James C

The 5K Rocket is a Great event. We love doing this one. Highly recommended. Well organised and great medals. Yvonne J

Such an incredible day supported by the wonderful people of Milton Keynes and many others. This is the second time I've completed this event and it definitely won't be the last! Javan S

Reviews thanks to RaceCheck

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MK Marathon Relay



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  • 10 km road running