Ely Runners Alex Metcalfe and Justin Smith, took on the underpasses and roundabouts of 2017 Milton Keynes Marathon while fellow Ely Runner, Lionel Smith, ran the Half Marathon. Justin reports on his race.
The cliche of the Milton Keynes course consisting mainly of underpasses, roundabouts, and slopes was not unfounded. But there was the occasional lake, park or pretty village.
The course was well marshalled, and all along, families came out to hand out sweets, orange segments, and other goodies: the race was well supported by the crowds. All in all, an enjoyable if a not slightly hilly couple of races, but on the day, nice weather and the odd light and refreshing drizzle. Superb medals and technical t-shirts were handed out to all finishers along with the usual drinks and snacks.
Results (marathon): Alex Metcalfe came in with an amazing 8th place at 2:54:36; Justin Smith came in 711th place at 3:56:31 (just scraping in his desired sub-four hour race). The first male was Gareth Cooke (no club listed), who came in at 2:40:06; the first female in was Asia Zmyslona (no club listed) in 18th place at 2:57:33. There were 2020 finishers.
Results (half marathon): Lionel Smith finished his race in 1506th position at 2:08:43. Lionel ran with a potential issue with his leg, which held out in the end. 1st male, David Hudson, Brj Run and Tri, 1:14:16. 1st female, Rebecca Moore, Chichester Runners & AC, 1:16:50.
There were 3008 finishers.