Successful marathon for McDonald’s boss

Marathon mad McDonald's franchisee Ken Tomkins
Marathon mad McDonald's franchisee Ken Tomkins

NEW city businessman Ken Tomkins completed the Milton Keynes Marathon on Sunday – powered by food from McDonald’s.

Ken Tomkins, who is the new franchisee for the fast food chains restaurants at the Westcroft District Centre and at Xscape, completed the 26.2 mile race in three hours, 46 minutes and 45 seconds.

Mr Tomkins, who is investing about £800,000 in the two outlets, is also a fan of the quality of McDonald’s food.

And he ran the race in aid of 14 Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provide family rooms at 14 hospitals.

The Green City Marathon was plagued by heavy rain and high winds, but still attracted more than 3,000 runners.

Mr Tomkins said: “It truly was a horrible day in terms of conditions, but it was a terrific day for Milton Keynes and in many ways inspiring.

“It was wonderful to see the marshals and volunteers along with the supporters who lined the route as they were the real stars in that weather.

I’m thankful and proud to say that I raised in excess of £2,600 for RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) and completed the course in three hours 46 minutes and 45 seconds. My thanks go to all who supported me financially and more generally with their encouragement.”

The business boss previously ran the London Marathon in 2000 and before the race told the Citizen that he had been ‘saying never again’ for 12 years.

But after being tempted out of ‘running retirement’ by the MK race will he be back again?

“I will continue running and expect to run the NSPCC half marathon in July, but can categorically state that I will never again run the marathon distance,” he said.

People can still donate to RMHC by visiting