ORGANISERS of this year’s Milton Keynes marathon are looking ahead to combating extreme weather conditions on race day 2013.
Runners who took part in the inaugural event on April 29 experienced torrential rain flooding and biting winds.
And organisers are taking nothing for granted in the run up to this year’s event on May 6, with race director Andrew Hully and his team making plans to prepare for the worst the British Bank Holiday weather can throw at them.
Mr Tully said: “Bank holidays in the UK are renowned for unpredictable weather and many people will remember that this year, torrential rain and flooding caused us many problems with the marathon event.
“We are seeing more and more severe weather warnings at the moment so we have several measures in place to help our thousands of runners, volunteers and spectators as much as possible.”
The new course for 2013 will feature up to nine miles at the beginning on closed roads before runners take to the redways, ensuring the area which flooded and caused a detour last year will be avoided.
Similarly, further building works at stadium;mk now nearing completion will prevent the concourse flooding, which was the cause of unforeseen problems during this year’s event.
Runners will also be pleased to hear that additional toilets prior to the race will be available and emergency foil blankets will also be provided.
Improved access to the stadium – with at least five entrance gates open – will allow easier access for runners and spectators and over 900 spaces of on-site parking at stadium:mk will be available to book in advance.
Much of the planned entertainment along the course of the city’s first marathon was unable to take place as a result of the torrential rain but the plans for 2013 will match, if not surpass, the entertainment planned for 2012.
Mr Hully added: “The 2012 race attracted more than 5,000 entries and raised over £1.2 million for charity.
“We won’t allow a spot of bad weather to beat us.”
> To enter the Milton Keynes Marathon for 2013 or learn more about becoming a marathon volunteer visit: www.miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk