Unfortunately, due to lower-than-expected participant numbers, we have made the extremely tough decision to postpone the NSPCC Half Marathon, which was due to take place on 26th June.

We appreciate the countless hours that our participants put into training for this event, but with less than 150 participants it is not a viable event at this stage. Runners have been cautious in returning to events compared to pre-COVID levels, and we expect a more positive uptake next year. The NSPCC wants to retain this long-standing event on the racing calendar to raise much-needed funds and so we will postpone it until 2nd July 2023.

“Freya Hollingsworth, Community Fundraising Manager from the NSPCC feels that whilst it will be disappointing news for our runners, the decision was not made lightly. She’d like to thank everyone for their interest in the event and will be looking forward to supporting participants with their fundraising and training for when the event returns in 2023.”

We must work with our key stakeholders to secure an alternative date for the delayed event.

We will send you another update within the next 10 days with your options going forward.

We understand and share your disappointment with this outcome.


EVENT DATE: 2nd July 2023

The support from fundraisers like you will make sure that we can continue to be there for children. We can continue to run our vital services such as Childline which has seen an increase of calls from children and young people because of the pandemic. On behalf of the children, young people and families supported by the NSPCC, thank you for running the Milton Keynes Half Marathon.

MINIMUM AGE: The minimum age for participants is 17 on race day.

HQ: The Webber Independent School, Soskin Dr, Stantonbury Fields, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes MK14 6DP

  • What3Words: river.somewhere.name
  • The Race HQ opens at 07:00


The picturesque route takes runners on a single-lap course that includes the beautiful Grand Union Canal and the scenic Willen Lake. Runners can expect plenty of long, flat stretches throughout the race combined with beautiful views and spectacular scenery.

NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon PDF Route Map
NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon Interactive Route Map


You will earn this quality medal when you finish.


Receive this great technical t-shirt when you finish.

TIMING: This event will be chip timed using state-of-the-art disposable timing chips attached to the reverse of your running number. Sorry, no late starters.

TIME LIMIT: 3 hours 30 minutes

RACE PERMIT: Applied for. The race will be run under UKA rules


NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon Beginners Training Plan
NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon Improvers Training Plan
NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon Advanced Training Plan

ENTERTAINMENT: There will be post-race entertainment. Details to follow.

CAR PARKING: Details to follow.

BAGGAGE: You will be able to leave a small bag at the Race HQ. Please do not leave valuables in your bag.

REFRESHMENTS: There will be a coffee van outside the Race HQ selling hot drinks and snacks.

WATER STOPS: Water will be available at approx miles 3, 7, and 10 miles and again at the finish.

iTAB: You will be able to purchase an iTab when you enter up until 27th May. If you do, it will automatically be posted a few days after the event. You do not need to do anything.

PACE POCKET: You will be able to purchase a Pace Pocket when you enter up until 27th May. Your Pace Pocket will be sent directly to you 7-12 days before the race. Should you change your target time between now and the race, and would like to swap for a different time, please email info@pacepockets.run at least two weeks before race day to advise on your new target time.

EVENT REGISTRATION: Need to update your registration, check you have entered, or change your address? This needs to be done before May 27th by visiting the My Events page on https://myevents.active.com/

REWARDS: All finishers will receive a quality Race Medal and technical t-shirt.

AWARDS: Presentation of the race awards will take place after the race @ 11:15 next to the Race HQ.

  • 1st / 2nd / 3rd male and female finishers
  • 1st Vet40 / V50 / V60 / V70 /V80 male and female finishers
  • The first team of 5 runners (can be mixed) from the same club.
    Runners may win more than one award.


SPECTATORS: Spectators are very welcome but are reminded to stand clear of the route at all times.

All runners must be medically fit to compete and enter at their own risk and the organisers will in no way be held responsible for any injury, accident, loss, or damage that may arise before, during, or after the event as a consequence of their participation in this race. We do not offer refunds or deferrals under any circumstances. You can transfer your place – please see FAQS. No dogs or pushchairs are allowed.

The race director and the emergency services reserve the right to stop the race at any time if deemed necessary. These would be in circumstances beyond our control and no refunds would be given.

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