The fourth Milton Keynes Marathon which took place on Bank Holiday Monday has been hailed a huge success.
Nearly 5,000 runners signed up to take part in the 2015 event, sponsored by everydayhero. Thousands of spectators, supporters and charities lined the streets and redways of Milton Keynes as the runners made their way around the picturesque 26.2-mile route that started and finished at stadiummk. Over 500 volunteers helped make the event run smoothly.
The honour of winning the Milton Keynes Marathon went to Jack Parslow of Dacorum & Tring Running Club who set a new course record in a time of 2:37:30. Second place went to Dan Carter in a time of 2:44:01 and third place went to James Gordon in a time of 2:46:23.
Several local runners also finished in the top 10 including 6th-placed Max Dillon, of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers, who completed the course in 2:48:34 and 10th place went to Chris Brookman in 2:50:34 of MK Lakeside Runners.
The first lady home was Kate Wright from Stratford-Upon-Avon RC who crossed the finish line in a time of 2:58:30 to set a new ladies course record. Second place went to Leanne Harling with a time of 3:04:15 and third place went to Jo Laing with a time of 3:08:46.
The MK Half-Marathon was added to the event for 2014 and this year more than 2,000 runners signed up for it.
The winner was Marcus Engstrom who raced across the finish line in a time of 1:15:27. First lady home was Sophie Carter from Belgrave Harriers, who finished in 1:23:17.
Race director, Andy Hully, said: “My team work very hard to make improvements every year and we think this year was the best yet.
“The England athletics adjudicator told me our event was one of the best organised events he has scored. Our excellent volunteers and the people of Milton Keynes can be very proud of themselves.”
Among the charities to benefit from the event are MK SET, Macmillan, World Vision and St John Ambulance. In the last three years the event has raised over £1.7 million for charity.
The organisers are now turning their attention to 2016.
The Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Challenge, which was part of the marathon event, saw teams of four aiming to be crowned the fastest team. It was won by Team Redway Runners.
Garry Biddle, Simon Read, Graeme Bickle and Tim Harris won the relay race in a time of 2:49:50 setting a new course record for the relay event.
Over 600 superheroes of all ages and abilities ran, walked, hopped and skipped during the 1.5-mile Superhero Fun Run.