2018 Marathon success
Boston's marathon on Sunday has been declared a huge success - for runners, spectators and the borough. It attracted 1,300 entries.
Chairman of the organising committee, Cllr Richard Austin, has praised his executive team and the 140 volunteers who ensured the event ran seamlessly.
Cllr Austin said the marathon - "the flattest marathon in the world" - had ideal weather conditions.
"It attracted many people to Boston from most parts of the UK and thirty form abroad. One family flew in even from Shanghai in China for the event" said Cllr Austin.
"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 the exceptionally wet weather.
First home in the full marathon, in a time of two hours and 36 minutes was Ben Harris from Retford Athletics Club. In second place, and just two minutes later behind Ben was Rob Johnson from Aberystwyth. First woman home, in eight place overall, was Fiona Davies, of Rotherham Harriers AC. The first local runner to finish was Chris Reader with a time of exactly 3 hours for the 26.2 miles.
Winner of the 13.1 mile half marathon was James Parkinson from Thames Hare and Hounds with a time of one hour 12 minutes. Second was Stuart King from Nottingham.
There were 88 in the 5 km Fun Run and this was won by Howard Tyler from Thetford in a time of 20.12 minutes.
We saw 100s of comments of support and thanks on social media and here are just a few:
Steve Button: A brilliant well run marathon
Jacqueline Frances: I left my voice is Boston!!! Amazingggg weekend
East End Road Runners Club: Thank you so much for hosting us! We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend up north, all our runners said how lovely the course was. Look forward to returning in the future
Robert Bob Green: Just wanted to say thanks to all the people who put on this event it really is a great day and well thought out race. Great support great marshal teams and great water stations. I will be back next year (but not in my kit!!) Well done everybody you have done Boston and Lincolnshire proud.
Ian Mcnamara: Thank you to the Organizers and Marshalls i really enjoyed my first Half Marathon experience
Mark Webster: Marshall and water stations superb today. Thanks everyone
Hillary Wharam (centre) is 76 years of age and aiming to complete 100 marathons before she is 100. Boston Marathon UK was her 54th. Also pictured Cllr Alison Austin and Sue Ganley who were both helping with medal presentation