Our marathon: World's flattest and possibly the fastest
Boston Marathon has seen off a challenge from organisers of the Manchester Marathon to lay claim to running the flattest marathon in the world.
Manchester Marathon organisers were proud to say their course only reaches a maximum elevation of 90ft. Pah! said the organisers of the Boston Marathon, ours only reaches a giddy height of 11.2 feet!
Boston Marathon, THE flattest marathon in the world, taking place on Sunday, April 15, is popular with runners who, with an absence of hills, record their personal best times. It's also the lowest marathon in the world - at sea level - with lots of good, clean air for deep-breathing athletes.
Organising committee chairman Richard Austin said: "It could also be the fastest marathon in the world. There is every possibility that the right runner could record a world record time here.
"We welcome any world-class runner keen to put themselves into the record books."
There is still time for runners to register - the deadline is March 27. Register at www.bostonmarathon.co.uk
The marathon has gone from strength to strength since being reintroduced two years ago. Last year's event attracted runners from all over the country and visiting athletes from America, Canada, Germany, France, Hungary, Belarus, Jordan and India. It saw the entry rise from 350 in 2016 to 771 in 2017.
This year's event will take place the day before the Boston Marathon in the daughter city in America. It is anticipated that the entry will break through the 1,000 barrier. As well as the full marathon there will also be a half marathon and a fun run. The event is a great charity fundraiser. It will start in Boston Market Place at 9am and the finish line will be at Boston College. Prize values have been increased for this year.
The marathon already has a reputation for being well organised and a team of marshals, first aiders and people to man water stations is being assembled to make this year's smooth running. For more information go to www.bostonmarathon.co.uk
Mr Austin thanked the 2018 sponsors - Tesco, Boston West Hospital, Boston Big Local, Ramsay Health Care, HS Physiotherapy, Drayton Motors, Boston Seeds and Virginia Man.