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Boston Marathon UK up and running again

Boston's marathon on Sunday has been declared a success - for runners, spectators and the borough.

And chairman of the organising committee, Cllr Richard Austin, has praised his executive team and the 100 volunteers who ensured the event ran seamlessly.

Cllr Austin said the marathon - "the flattest marathon in the world" - had ideal weather conditions and the superb first entry was full of praise for the event and for Boston.

"It attracted many people to Boston who had never been here before, who said they would come back and explore more of the town," said Cllr Austin.

The start of the first Boston Marathon for 25 years was in the Market Place which, Cllr Austin, said, drew compliments.

"Our wonderful Market Place and its architecture and the backdrop of the Stump came in for much praise. The runners loved the event and I am sure we will double the numbers next year. Spectators lined the route to cheer the runners along - there was a real party atmosphere," he said.

But he revealed that it was touch and go the day before when pumps had to be brought in to clear flood water from some spots on the route following torrential downpours.

First home in the full marathon, in a time of two hours and 40 minutes was Ben Harris from Retford Athletics Club. In second place, and just a few seconds behind Ben was Ruslan Seitkalijev. First woman home, in fourth place overall, was Fiona Davies, of Rotherham Harriers AC. Other runners, among the 145 entry, came from all over the country, including Sheffield, Ilkley, Hull, Ely, Newmarket, Skegness, Barrow, Dunstable, West Bromwich, Rugby, Scunthorpe, Poole, Cleethorpes, Northampton, Lincoln, Grimsby and, of course, Boston.

Winner of the half marathon was Richard Brown, of Lincoln Wellington AC in a time of one hour and 12 minutes. Mark Sands, from Skegness was second and third was Natalie Burns, from Lincoln Wellington AC. There were 128 competitors

Local success came from Boston Neighbourhood Policing Team who were first in the team relay event with a time of one hour and 50 minutes.