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Boston Marathon 2017

Last year's first Boston Marathon recorded the fastest times for both men and women of all the Association of Running Clubs' marathons in 2016.

Ben Harris, from Retford, ran the 26.2 miles in two hours 40 minutes - an average speed of 10mph. Fiona Davies, from Rotherham, recorded two hours 54 minutes.

This year Boston Marathon will be run on Bank Holiday Monday, April 17, the same day as the one in Boston USA.  Already 500 runners have signed up for the Lincolnshire event, on what has been dubbed the flattest marathon course in the world. The event is expected to attract the maximum number of 800 entrants.

Event secretary Harish Kurup confirmed that the course will be the same as last year, starting in the Market Place, then out to Wrangle and finishing at the college. There will also be a half marathon again and a three km fun run for the 12 to 18-year -olds.

Chairman Richard Austin points out that the Boston Marathon is a great chance for local charities to raise funds. Individual runners can be sponsored. Alternatively a five-person relay team can run the half marathon course.

Rachel Lauberts is in charge of recruiting marshals for the event. She needs to find about 100 to help at the watering stations and road junctions. If you would like to help please phone 01205 368351 or email Rachel.lauberts@hotmail.co.uk

For more details about the marathon and signing-up instructions, registration deadline is April 3, go to https://www.fullonsport.com/event/boston-marathon-uk-2017/profile