NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon

Johnny2323Johnny2323 ✭✭✭
Who's doing this?
I am and I'm excited, I've never been to Milton Keynes before - I hear it's very flat.
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    I'm in! And yes it is a pretty flat course, taking in a lake and nice mile or two along the canal. Slight uphill last mile I think but nothing frightening image

  • Johnny2323Johnny2323 ✭✭✭
    Sounds great. Any travelators?
  • tempted by this, but never done a half before!

  • It is pretty flat around MK, and the lakes are quite nice. 

    What MK lacks in hills it makes up for with roundabouts image

  • Johnny2323Johnny2323 ✭✭✭
    Do we have to run round roundabouts then? Maybe they could be re-named Runabouts for the day.
  • Tim R2-T2Tim R2-T2 ✭✭✭
    Nice race. I've done it twice. Not as flat as you expect as it goes up and down a bit under all the underpasses which although not much up and down becomes a bit wearing.



    The start is tight and if you're not careful you can get dragged along by the faster runners.



    But as the others have said the scenery is quite nice and not what you would expect for Milton Keynes.



    Last year the weather was poor wet, cold and miserable. Going to go back for a third go this year.
  • I'm in.  Had an absolute shocker at the Southend Half last Sunday.  Fell off the rails with the training for that one (included a few too many Friday night benders, McDs, not enough long runs, long runs not long enough...).  Need to right that wrong!

    24 days to go!

  • Finding it hard to find some accomodation for that weekend - just realised the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone is on that weekend!  Hotelliers are cashing in!  Arghhh!

  • Any advice on getting to the start from the train station? All FAQ are about parking...with the relatively small number of entrants/most people driving would a taxi be OK? 

  • Can I assume it is similar to Southend and has potential for a PB?

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    From Milton keynes station its 5 minutes in a cab to the start/finish of the event. Always plenty of Black cabs outside the station. Even though its Grand Prix day their shouldn't be any problems getting one. Most people going to the GP will be making their way by car, not getting cabs.

  • Thanks Padders33

  • Anyone got their race pack yet? I entered on 10th May, but still not received one...

  • Havent received race pack yet - though I did only register last week.  Shouldnt be too far away.

    18 days to go!

  • Johnny2323Johnny2323 ✭✭✭
    I'm not ready, could we put it back a week
  • Johnny2323Johnny2323 ✭✭✭
    Just had an email. packs on their way.
  • Johnny2323Johnny2323 ✭✭✭
    Number arrived. 2 weeks. Not ready!
  • 2 more long Sunday runs then should be ready-ish. Goal: 2h 5m.

     

  • Johnny2323Johnny2323 ✭✭✭
    You can do it VITZ!
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    I've managed to get a calf strain with 3 weeks to go, having been injury free all year until now. Praying it's ok in a few more days

    Quite annoying really....image

  • Cheers Johnny2323.  Preparation coming together now.  11 days to go!

    Still no race pack.  Will give the organisers a call later this week.

  • Johnny2323Johnny2323 ✭✭✭
    I suffer from calf pain quite regularly so my sympathies Padders33. Hope you make it.
  • @Padders33: Do compression socks work for calf strains? Maybe worth a try. They're pricey though. Hope you make it mate.
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    Well I first felt it after about 3 miles last Monday. I stopped and walked home. Friday I tried again and it came on after about a mile. Again I stopped straight away and walked home. Tried again Monday and ran 4 miles and it seemed fine. Yesterday managed 11 and again not a thing, so hopefully, touching the most woody piece of wood imaginable, I may have dodged this one. 

    Stopping and walking home as soon as I feel unfamiliar pain seems to be the most important lesson I've learnt since starting running. In the past I prbably would have tried to "run it off" leading to serious time on the sofa feeling like an idiot.

  • Racepack arrived today.  Includes flash looking chip strip. 9 days to go...

  • Tim R2-T2Tim R2-T2 ✭✭✭
    Haven't done a long run in a few weeks. Got hit by a migraine at mile 4 on my last half at beginning of June and ran/walked to end. image

    Last race was a trail 10k last Sunday resulting in a PB for that race. image

    Going to a 40th birthday party on Saturday night and planning a 13miler on Sunday morning. Hmmmm.



    Not looking like a stunning performance next week for me then....
  • Forecast looking wet but a comfortable 18 deg for the weekend which I actually prefer!



    Happy running everyone!
  • Anyone off to M.K.Half from this area on Sunday? and have an empty seat?  Need help with transport.....

  • Sorry, I can jog to the start. Glad the forecasts not too hot. I have a fear of the sunshiiiiine image

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