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World's flattest marathon goes global

Analysis of the second Boston Marathon has shown that the event has very rapidly gone global.

Runners who took part came from America, Canada, Germany, France, Hungary, Belarus, Jordan and India. Closer to home competitors also arrived in town from York, Cambridge, Chesterfield, Cleethorpes, Grantham, Hull, Huntingdon, Leeds, Lincoln, London, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wisbech and of course, Boston.

Chairman of the organising committee, Cllr Richard Austin, said: "The marathon was set up to help promote Boston, a healthy lifestyle and community integration. It has certainly achieved that. We also want to cultivate closer ties with our daughter settlement in the USA."

Plans are already in hand for the third annual Boston Marathon next year, which will take place on Sunday, April 15, the day before the Boston Marathon in America which is always held on Patriots Day.

This year's event took placed on Easter Monday on the same day as the Boston Marathon in America.

The first event attracted 350 runners, rising to 771 this year. It included a half marathon and a fun run. Many runners recorded personal best times because of the flat course - the event has been dubbed the flattest marathon in the world.

Local businesses benefited, reporting increased business on marathon day and money was raised by runners for charities including Butterfly Hospice, Boston Women's Aid, Centrepoint Outreach, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Brain and Spine Foundation. A competition to vote for the best team of marshals saw the bridge team give their £100 prize to Dementia UK.

More than 100 comments were received including congratulations to the organisers for a "brilliant day" and praise for the "entertaining" marshals and those manning the drink stations.

Angela runs for Boston Women's Aid

Angela Thompson, from Skegness and District Running Club, competed in the half marathon, raising funds for Boston Women's Aid.

She completed the course in 1 hour 45 minutes - a personal best time.

She is pictured presenting Boston Women's Aid chairman Will Herbert with her sponsorship money, which came to more than £300.

Will said: "Boston Marathon kindly allocated two free entries to the race for Boston Women's Aid. Through Angela's hard work getting sponsorship - not to mention running 13 miles - more than £300 has been raised towards our work with victims of domestic abuse. This has been our first experience of having a sponsored runner and I would like to pass on our grateful thanks to Angela who, as well as competing, has helped us learn a lot, so we hope to be able to do this again in the future."

BWA's aims are prevention of domestic abuse, raising awareness of the dangers and potential outcomes, and reduction of harm resulting from abusive relationships. It operates outreaches across South Lincolnshire so victims (men and women) can access services locally.

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