Get on your marks for city’s marathon

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IN a little over two weeks’ time, more than 4,000 athletes will be testing their endurance around the streets and redways of Milton Keynes.

On Sunday, April 29, the Milton Keynes Marathon will take place, finishing in stadiummk, home of MK Dons.

Since it was announced last July, interest in the marathon has been overwhelming, with people from all over the world scrambling to get their hands on a spot in the first 26.2 mile race here for more than 25 years.

The race has already attracted over 4,200 entrants, but there are still a few places available for the inaugural event.

Race organiser Andy Hully said: “This is a chance for us to show off the best of Milton Keynes and its people. Months of planning and hard work have gone into this event and we want to provide a great day for the whole community of Milton Keynes.”

While there are 5,000 places available this year, organiser also hope to increase the number of entrants for the marathon in 12 months’ time, aiming to double the number of athletes hitting the track in 2013.

But it isn’t just athletes that organisers are keen to attract on April 29 – they are desperate for more people to come forward and give up their time to help out on the big day.

Volunteers are needed to fill many roles from marshaling to baggage handling, from entertaining the crowds to manning the enquiry desks.

If you want to play your part in shaping the sporting history of your area visit the event website to download an application form. http://miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk/About-Us/Volunteers

>> Local charity VICTA is also keen to recruit runners to take part in the event. The organisation, which supports visually impaired children and young people, has spaces still available. If you’re interested, call 01908 240831 or email admin@victa.org.uk