Fox @ 40 Marathon – Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes The 'Godfather' of marathon running, Steve Edwards, recently set a new World Record by becoming the first person in the world to run 500 sub 3 hours 30 minutes marathons! Here Steve gives his verdict on that special race.
What made you sign up to this race?
I targeted this race to be my 500th
sub 3hr 30min marathon.
How much parking was available at or near the race?
Race HQ is at the Caldecotte Arms pub, literally 100metres from the finish line, ample parking for both runners and spectators.
How long were you held in the race pen at the start?
Immediate start, no hold ups as the field is limited to 70 runners.
Did the race start on time?
We observed a 2 min silence for Remembrance Day and the race started soon after so yes it started on time.
How were the fuel and facilities?
The course is 7.5 laps of Caldecotte Lake and the one refreshment station is at the end of each lap. You pass this 7 times therefore you get 7 opportunities for drinks/refreshments plus the facility to leave your own drinks/food.
How long did you have to queue for the toilets?
No queues, pub toilets were adequate.
How would you describe the course?
Pretty flat off road course on footpaths, two very short rises and a couple of longer undulations on each lap, quite twisty in parts but scenic with the lake and nice that it’s completely traffic free.
Where were the best views of the course?
Most of the way round as you follow the perimeter of the lake in a clockwise direction.
Were there official photographers around the course?
No, but spectators are free to walk around the course and take photographs at whatever point they wish.
What was in the goody bag at the end?
Fantastic looking spinning medal, bottle of water and the opportunity for more biscuits/cake!
What was the post-race organisation like?
Very easy, can either leave bag in car in nearby car park, or in a tent situated at the finish line. Small field so no problems collecting bag.
How long did it take you to drive/depart the race at the end?
Straight out onto main road, no problems.
Overall, how did you find the race?
If you’re looking to run a fairly low key friendly race on a pleasant traffic free course and don’t mind running multiple laps then this is the event for you. The race caters for all abilities from those just wanting to get round and finish to those trying to win. Organisation is superb and the race director David Bayley is an experienced marathon runner so knows exactly what runners like from a marathon. This particular event is one of many that David organises throughout the year as part of the Enigma running series. Website: http://www.enigmarunning.co.uk/