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Boston (Lincolnshire) Marathon

Report by Simon McCudden

Resurrected in 2016 after an absence of 20 years, the Boston (UK) Marathon has grown steadily and is the flattest marathon in the UK. Nicole Sutton, Lena Conlin and Simon McCudden headed south to find out what the run was all about. Starting in the historic market square next to the magnificent 13th century tower of St Botolph’s Church, the route heads out in a north westerly direction on minor roads/lanes, twisting and turning through various villages. The weather started off cold and during the first half of the course we encountered some strong winds, both for and against the runners, but the final 6 miles was breeze free.

The course makes for a real mental challenge in that you can see for miles ahead of you so you just have to keep concentrating on a fixed point to aim for and watch your pace as it was very easy ,on such a flat course, to get carried away. The whole event is very well organised, with water stations at every 2 miles and fantastic support from all the marshals and bystanders. Great performances from Nicole who ran 3hrs 38mins 48 secs (achieving good for age for London by 12 minutes – her specific aim for the event). Lena, after all her recent long distance efforts, ran 4hrs 13mins 48 secs and Simon ambled back in 4hrs 03mins 08 secs. There were 610 finishers (450 in 2017).

Any member wishing to aim for a first marathon you can do no worse than consider this Boston.