Second marathon runs like clockwork as sun is only thing drenching race

Thousands of people pounded the pavements inthe city’s second annual MK Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday.

More than 3,000 people took part in the 26.2 mile race which showed off the best of the city from the boulevards to the beauty of the lakes at Willen and Caldecotte.

Last year the race was hit by torrential rain but this year runners were treated to glorious sunshine.

It started and finished at stadium:mk and organisers followed in the footsteps of the Virgin London marathon by holding a 30-second silence in memory of those affected by the Boston marathon tragedy.

The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris, got the race under way at 10am before the Superhero Fun Runners took to the starting line for their 2.6km effort.

The marathon, sponsored by Skechers Performance, was won by Edward Catmur in a time of two hours, 46 minutes and 59 seconds. He was followed by Stephen Hodges in two hours, 47 minutes and 13 seconds and James Gordon in two hours, 47 minutes and 44 seconds.

First female runner back was Andrea Green in three hours, four minutes and 23 seconds, followed by Rebecca Mayles in three hours, eight minutes and 29 seconds and Sally Baker in three hours, 10 minutes and 42 seconds.

The Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Relay was won by the Network Rail Team, A Couple of Peanuts in three hours and 28 seconds.