The third Milton Keynes Marathon has been hailed a huge success as thousands of spectators, supporters, charities and volunteers lined the streets and Redways of the city.
Over 3,000 runners signed up to take part in the 2014 event and made their way around the picturesque 26.2 mile route that started and finished at stadium:mk.
The honour of winning the Skechers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon went to Rick Lloyd from Stockport Harriers who completed the marathon in a time of 2 hours, 43 minutes and 25 seconds.
A number of runners from Milton Keynes also finished in the top 15 including third Jamie Farmer in 2:47:19 of David Lloyd Redway Runners, 5th Stephen Richardson in 2:50:07 of David Lloyd Redway Runners and 15th Chris Brookman in 2:55:28 from MK Lakeside Runners.
The first woman home was Sarah Hill from Farnham Runners who crossed the finish line in a time of 3:00:21 to set a new course record.
Paul Sutherland completed his 100th marathon at the Skechers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon, finishing in a time of 4 hours, 47 minutes and 39 seconds.
To celebrate the occasion he was given race number 100 and a special presentation was made after he had crossed the line.
Whilst completing their first marathon at the age of 80 was runner Robin Wilson who finished in 6 hours, 45 minutes and 37 seconds.
The Skechers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon was named amongst the top 10 marathon races in the UK by readers of Runner’s World in January 2014 so it had a lot to live up to.
Race Director, Andy Hully, said, “Today has been a fantastic day. It’s been full of great sporting challenges and fantastic support out on the course.
“The people of Milton Keynes can be very proud of themselves today.
“Among the scores of good causes to benefit from the event were the marathon’s charity partners Cancer Research UK, MK SET and St John Ambulance. In the last two years the event has raised over £1 million for deserving causes and I’m sure this will increase after this year’s event.”
The event is now established as a major date in Milton Keynes’ sporting calendar, and the organisers are now turning their attention to the 2015 and further sporting success.