The Wolverton (Willen) 5km Road Race round Willen Lake has been cancelled because of the corona virus, which saw Milton Keynes enter Tier 3 on Saturday 19 December, the day before the race. We hope to reschedule this event when conditions allow.
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Due to the coronavirus, this year’s event will be a 5km race rather than a 5 mile race. We hope to return to a 5 mile race in 2021.
The 56th Wolverton (Willen) 5km road race will be held on Sunday 20 December 2020, starting at 11am, using the new 5km course. Map of the course.
Fully paid-up MMK runners and elite runners (Men sub 14:20 and Women sub 17:00) can obtain a free entry by emailing Elliot Hind on Wolverton5Elite@gmail.com. Non MMK runners can enter the race online via resultsbase.net. The cost is £15 for affiliated athletes and £17 for unaffiliated athletes.
Anyone with queries should contact the Race Secretary Jackson Ryan.
From Junction 14 of the M1 Motorway, head for Milton Keynes; At the first roundabout, turn right onto the A509; Over the first roundabout and at the second turn left onto the V10, Brickhill Street; Follow car parks signs into the Willen Lake car parks. Please note that these are pay-just-before-you-exit. The race registration and number collection (plus toilets and changing facilities) is at the Willen Lake Splash parks with the Start/Finish area on the Events Field between the splash park and the water sports café.
Please note that no numbers or information will be issued prior to the race. Numbers and chips can be collected on race day, so please allow sufficient time to collect your number. The race will start in waves, ten at a time. The elite women’s A and B races will start at 11am and 11:01am. The elite Men’s A race will start at 11:06am and all the other races will start at 1 minute intervals from 11:07am. You should arrive at the start area no more than 2 minutes before your race time. Runners are asked to depart immediately after they have finished their race and maintain social distancing at all times.
Prizes will be awarded according to the fastest chip times and mailed out after the event. They will include, at least:
First 3 men
First 3 women
£15 (£17 unattached)
No entries on the day
History of the Race
The first Wolverton 5 Mile Road Race was held in 1965 and has been held every year since that time, on the last Saturday in November. The early races were organised by the then Chairman and now President, Milford Callow, and his wife Rose holds the distinction of having officiated at every single race. The first winner was Mike Price (Bristol) in 24:10. The following year, this record was reduced to 23:34 by Tony Sunderland (Shaftesbury Harriers). This record held until 1969 until Ron Grove (Leicester Coritanian) reduced it to 23:20. This record held until 1980, despite some excellent performances from international athletes, Tony Simmonds and Ian Thompson (Luton). The 1980 race was a tremendous contest between international steeplechasers, Roger Hackney and Gordon Rimmer, with Rimmer getting the edge in 23.08. The biggest ever field in the Wolverton 5 was in 1981 when there were over 700 entries and 530 finishers.
By 1991, the two-lap course round the Wolverton Railway works was becoming heavily congested and the decision was taken to move the race to Willen Lake, where it has been held ever since. The course has remained essentially the same, involving two laps of fast, traffic-free redways. Registration/Numbers will be available at Willen Lakeside (near the Peace Pagoda) off Brickhill Street (V10) with ample parking. In 1992, British international, Alison Wyeth, recorded the super-fast time of 26:21. This was the fastest five-mile time by a woman in any British race in 1992 and remains the race record. The following year it was the men’s turn when Justin Hobbs (Cardiff) ran the fastest five-mile time by a man in any British race in 1993, recording 23:01. In 1995 the course round Willen Lake was modified to improve the finish. The best times on this new course are 23.35 by Julien Moorhouse, set in 1999, and 26:36 by Liz Talbot (now Liz Yelling), set in 1996. Keith Cullen won the race in 2003 in 23:46. Prizes of £100 are offered to the first man to break 23 minutes and the first woman to break 26:20.