MK24 Midsummer Run

“The return of the Towel”

Saturday 19th June – Sunday 20th June 2021

‘Entries are now closed’

UPDATE: the event is still planned to go ahead with some COVID measures in place for the participants safety and that MK24 merchandise is now on sale at https://www.t-shirts2u.co.uk/RRstore-mk24.html (orders close on 15th May)

You have successfully enrolled in the MK24 ‘Midsummer Run’ 2021 to be held at Willen Lake, Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes. MK15 0DS from 2pm Saturday 19th – 2pm Sunday 20th June 2021.

All entries are now closed, therefore unfortunately we are unable to permit any transfer, deferral or refund of places.

We very much look forward to meeting you and sincerely hope that you have a fantastic event and manage to achieve your goal.

Remember, our motto is “Run it your way” and that is exactly how you should do it. Run or walk as many laps that you want to earn your distance badges, but we urge you not to push your body beyond a safe limit.

So, before we start you off on ‘your’ MK24 and to help you have a great and safe experience please read fully the following important information very carefully:-

Keeping Safe

During the past 15 months, the world has suffered terribly with the Coronavirus pandemic. We have been locked down several times as a result of COVID19. As we are still in stage 3 of the government roadmap back to normality, it will still be necessary to follow the government guidelines and we ask you all to comply with the following;

  • Maintain a social distance from other participants who are not from your own bubble and observe all necessary signage regarding this.
  • Bring a face mask and wear it when near to other participants, especially inside the marquee and when ordering food from the vendors unless running, consuming food and drink or exempt for a medical reason.
  • Please maintain a high degree of hygiene making sure you wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water where possible.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available around the camp site and race HQ and we invite you to use it regularly, or perhaps you can bring your own supply.
  • Before and after use of the on-site Portaloos, please clean the cubicle especially the inside and outside door handles with the sanitising wipes provided, disposing in the rubbish sacks provided.
  • Please do not handle any snacks and fruit unless you intend to eat it yourself and please bring and use your own drinking water vessel.
  • At registration, we will require to take your temperature.
  • If you feel unwell with a temperature, dry cough or sneezing, then we ask that you withdraw from the event.

ArrivalRegistration/Run HQ – situated in the Event Village is open from 11am and will remain open for the entire duration of the event. You will be handed a bag containing your bib number, shoe chip and other goodies. Please secure the chip to your shoe as shown and your bib number on your chest in full view for easy identification.

Your Chip must be returned to Run HQ at the conclusion of your running when collecting your medal and distance pin badges. Also in the bag you will receive a special ‘MK24 thermal mug’ for your sole use at the FREE hot drinks station. Please use a permanent marker (provided) to add your name or symbol to the mug for identification purposes. You also get a number of ‘Glow Sticks’ to wear during the hours of darkness.

Car Parking is available by ‘Pay & Display’ next to the Premier Inn or ‘Pay on Exit’ (ANPR) at the new car park next to the Splash Zone. For parking charges visit https://www.willenlake.org.uk/discover-willen-lake/plan-your-visit/car-parking/

However, there are plenty of other ‘free’ spaces nearby if you don’t mind a short walk.  The Parks Trust have free parking in Campbell Park at the very end of Silbury Boulevard – MK9 4AD (next to MK Cricket Pavilion), in Livingstone Drive – MK15 0DL, a small public car park at the end of Woodall Close – MK10 9JZ or try William Smith Close, and surrounding streets in Woolstone – MK15 0AN

  • Camping (tent) opens at 11am.  Vehicular access (drop off) to the event camp area is between 11am – 1pm.  After this you will need to park your car nearby and carry your camping equipment to the site.

(Camper Vans)Access to the camp site will be restricted to 11am – 1pm for safety reasons. Please ensure you have parked you vehicle between these times, even if you do not intend to run until later. You must be reliant on your own power as NO Generators are permitted, nor will there be any EHU available.

Vehicle access is situated next to the Premier Inn as you enter the ‘Pay & Display’ car park off Brickhill Street. (See map)

Event Village

  • Snacks – a limited supply of single wrapped snacks (including fruit) will be available FREE for participants throughout the event in the event shelter near the start/finish. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide our usual range of homemade snacks due to Covid measures.
  • Hot Food – Lisa & Pete Cameron will again be available to offer hot foodfrom their caravan BBQwhere all profits will go to the Redway Runners charity of the year ‘MKAct’. This will include the usual burgers, hot dogs, sausages and bacon butties with vegetarian options also at most times of the day with soup available in the late evening. There will also be a limited number of evening meals, namely beef chilli & rice, Chinese style chicken curry & rice which will be available between 5-8pm on Saturday. Pre-orders will be taken to secure your evening meal avoid disappointment. Payment can be made by either CARD or CASH.
  • A Pizza This (traditional wood fired pizza and other goodies) will be on site from 5pm – 8pm on Saturday 19th only.
  • Liquid Mobile Bar A unique Horsebox converted into a mobile bar selling delicious fruit drinks and smoothies on Saturday until 8pm and Sunday between 8am – 2pm
  • MKAct – Our Club ‘Charity of the Year’ will be on site selling Strawberry’s & Cream, for a donation to their charity, so look out for that too.
  • Drinks – Hot drinks including tea and coffee will be available FREE throughout (Please use your MK24 Thermal Mug). Drinking water (for participants) will be available at the start/finish and at certain times at the half way point (water station).
  • Bag drop – we will have a tent next to the marquee Race HQ for you to keep your bags and this is at your own risk – please do not leave valuables in your bags.
  • Toilets – there are portaloos within the event village plus public toilets at Willen Lake.
  • Showers – We have reserved 4 rooms (until 11am on Sunday morning) at the Premier Inn (next door to Race HQ) for use of a shower. We have also secured shower facilities available throughout the event at the Water Sports venue (100 yds from Race HQ). Keys are available at the HQ registration desk. We ask that you provide your own towel and toiletries and that you leave the room as you find it, using the sanitising wipes provided when you finish.
  • First Aid – a comprehensive first aid kit and ‘Defib’ is available at Race HQ with a mobile first aider on the course if in the unlikely event it is required. Please report any injuries, no matter how minor to the registration desk.
  • Litter – Keep the area clean and use the rubbish bins & black bags provided
  • Absolutely no smoking or vaping at any time in the area of the event village including the camping area.
  • Massage – The Treatment Lab will be available for two sessions during MK24.  Saturday 19th 1:00 – 6:30pm and Sunday 20th 12:00 – 3:00pm.  Special offer for participants is £5 for 10 mins or £15 for 30 mins.
  • Yoga – Charlotte Cooper from Antara Yoga is offering two 30 minute yoga sessions for runners to stretch their weary limbs. These will be at 5pm on Saturday 19th and 11am on Sunday 20th. Places are just £2 per person and limited to 20 people. You will need to sign up on the sheet at HQ and complete a short health declaration (for insurance purposes) before the session begins. (Bring a yoga mat or simply enjoy yoga on the grass!)
  • Alcohol – Although there is a ban on alcohol by the authorities at Willen Lake, we are permitted to consume alcohol whilst inside the camp site area.
  • Please keep noise to a minimum in the Camp Site and Race HQ area between 10pm – 6am

Course information

  • A5 size laminated map of the route will be available in your registration pack.
  • The route is also available on the ‘RunGo’ app (https://www.rungoapp.com) titled MK24 Midsummer Run.
  • The course will be well marked with special logo arrows pointing you in the right direction. (See reverse side of your map)
  • We do not have sole use of the pathways so please be courteous to other users – the area around Willen Lake can be busy on a sunny day.
  • When running at night you must:- 1) Wear a head or body torch. 2) Carry a mobile phone. 3) Wear reflective clothes.  It is strongly recommended that you run in pairs keeping social distance although we realise this isn’t always going to be possible.
  • Do not expect others to pick up your rubbish (gel wrappers, tissues and the like) – it isn’t their job to clean up after you!  There will be bin bags at the end to dispose of your waste.  
  • We will have a water station at the half way point (which is conveniently placed next to the event village) but will only be available depending on volunteers so please consider carrying your own water bottle.
  • Key run times – Sunset is 9:24pm to the West (should be good just after 1 mile into the lap).  Sunrise is at 4:42am to the East (should be good either just after 1 mile and at 2.9miles into the lap).  Consider the time you start your lap to perfectly catch these times.
  • Juniors – are restricted in running distance by UKA rules. Juniors under 15 years of age are only permitted to run no more than 6km or half a lap. Juniors 15 – 18 are permitted to run full laps. To make it easier for the time keepers and recorders, all juniors will complete half laps, although continuous half laps are permitted so long as their parents agree.

Timing – really important information coming up!

The running club have invested heavily in its own timing solution for all its events, but we ask you to observe the following:

  • At the start of each lap please cross the mat slowly to ensure it picks up the signal.
  • At busy times, you may be asked to maintain social distance and stagger (by a few seconds) your start.
  • The timing mat and timing antenna can be very sensitive and can detect timing chips up to several metres. Therefore when completing your lap, please move quickly along the funnel into the event village.
  • Those continuing onto more laps will be required to negotiate barriers to enter the start funnel and onto your next lap.
  • If running with a junior, they will be required under UKA rules to complete half laps only. However, if you allow them to continue onto another half lap, they will need to negotiate the start finish alone. PLEASE do not do this bit with them. Keep back from the timing mate and continue with them once they cross the start. If you are detected by the timing, mat your timings/laps will be contaminated.
  • There will be a ‘sterile timing area’ between the timing start/finish and the pedestrian entry/exit. This is to ensure that those not running a lap are not detected by the timing device and contaminate the results, so please only use the pedestrian entry/exit when not running and avoid loitering in the vicinity.
  • Please aim to finish your final lap by 2pm on Sunday 20th June. If you go too far beyond this point your lap may not count.

What you earn for all your running

  • Complete 1 full lap of the MK24 course for a medal and an embroidered towel.
  • 2 full laps earns you a pin badge (for your medal ribbon) – ‘13.1 miles’.
  • 4 full laps earns you another pin badge – ‘26.2 miles’.
  • 5 or more full laps earns you yet another pin badge so why not go for the triple – ‘ultra’.
  • 8 full laps for those brave enough will earn you the ultimate ‘Double Marathon’ pin badge – NEW for 2021


  • Most laps completed by a solo runner
  • Most laps completed by a team up to 6 runners
  • Fastest lap Male
  • Fastest Lap Female
  • Most Inspirational person

Willen Lake

  • The Lakeside Pub – Open for lunch, evening meals and at 10am for breakfast – they also have beer which must be consumed on the premises.
  • The café on the lake – opening hours are from 9am – 4pm

We’re hoping the weather will be perfect for running however this is England and anything can happen.  At the moment the forecast for 19th and 20th June is looking good so be prepared with sun cream, cap and anti-chafe (no one likes a chafe – it is sore)!  Equally, if the weather turns then dress appropriately (you can still chafe in the rain) and bring spare clothes/shoes for afterwards. 

Remember to bring plenty of cash as there is an opportunity to purchase food, enjoy a massage or Yoga session, buy the Redway Runners 10 year book or purchase some technical t-shirts for a donation of £3 or 4 for £10. Great deal for spare tees.

A bank of USB charging points is available at race HQ for you to charge mobile phones, watches etc, but please bring your own cable.

If you have any questions or queries that we haven’t covered here or on the website www.mk24run.com , please just email us at stephenscottrrevents@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you there.

For full Terms and Conditions for the event please visit www.mk24run.com

If at any time during the event you need any further information then look for the Yellow MK24 ‘Event Team’ tee-shirts worn by the team of Chris, Sharon, Sam, Dom, Simon and Steve the MK24 organising committee.

Licensed by Parkstrust, Willen Lake & Trail Running Association.

Thanks to our supporters Pasquier, Tesco, Liquid Mobile Bar, A Pizza This,  Antara Yogo & The Treatment Lab.

All profits going to Redway Runners ‘Charity of the Year’, MKAct.