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1,000 for Boston Marathon

Around 1,000 runners - four times as many as last year - will set off for this year's Boston Marathon.

The runners will be taking part in the full marathon, a half marathon and a fun run, catering for all levels of fitness.

Entries for the fun run can still be accepted but it is closed for the full and half marathon.

Details for the fun run can be found at

There are already plans to continue growing the new and hugely successful event.

Organisers say they have had good feedback from competitors who have so far taken part, saying the event is well organised.

Runners now registered from as far afield as Canada and Illinois, USA.

The course has been dubbed the flattest in the world and last year many runners posted their personal best times.

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.

This year Boston Marathon will be run on Bank Holiday Monday, April 17, the same day as the one in Boston USA. 

The course will be the same as last year, starting in the Market Place at 9am, then out to Wrangle and finishing at the college.

The fastest runners average about 10mph round the 26.2 mile 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

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