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Boston Marathon UK 2017 was a running success

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

Chairman of the organising committee, Cllr Richard Austin, has praised his team and the volunteers who ensured the event ran smoothly.

Cllr Austin said: "This was the second year for this event and it attracted three times the numbers of runners than last year. Almost 1000 runners entered the three races, the full, half marathons and the fun run.

"Quite a few runners come from all over the world including the Far East, India, Hungary, Sweden, Germany, Holland, the USA, Canada and elsewhere. The partner of one of the Canadian runners also ran the Boston USA Marathon on the Monday.

"Overall it was a very successful event. The weather and flatness of the course enabled many of the runners to achieve their personal best running times. This together with the welcome the runners received and from the marshals round the course will ensure even more runners come next year."

First home in the full marathon, in a time of two hours and 29 minutes was Adam Holland from Notfast RC, Newark. In second place, and just a few minutes behind Adam was Phil Martin from Peterborough Athletic Club. First woman home, in 17th place was Myra Jones from Valley Striders AC, Leeds.

Winner of the half marathon was James Straw, of Lincoln Wellington AC in a time of one hour and 10 minutes. Shane Robinson, also from Lincoln Wellington AC was second and third was Arron Larkin, from Rotherham Harriers. First woman home, in 8th place was Natalie Burns from Lincoln Wellington AC. There were 312 competitors.

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