Boston Marathon may already be a world beater
Boston's planned marathon may already be a world beater - the flattest marathon course on the planet.
Marathon runners do not like hills and there is nothing less hilly than the well-chosen route from Boston through the fens of South Lincolnshire. It doesn't even cross the slight incline of a railway crossing.
Organising chairman Richard Austin said: "It's got everything going for it. It is certainly the flattest marathon course in the country, and I think it's probably the flattest in the world. And as we are at sea level there will be plenty of atmosphere above the runners for them to breathe deep."
The marathon will be held on Sunday, April 17, the day before the world-famous Boston Marathon takes place in the USA, and runners will set off from Boston Market Place and the finish line will be at Boston College.
There will be a full marathon, a half marathon and a half marathon for relay teams of ten or more.
Entries opened on December 1 and the event has already attracted runners. You can get full details and enter through the website www.bostonmarathon.co.uk
There will be prizes on offer of £100 for first place, £50 for second and £25 for third for men and women in the full and half marathons and prizes for first, second and third in the relay event.
Richard explained that the idea for a Boston UK marathon was hatched during conversation between Harish Kurup, Head of Service and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Pilgrim Hospital, and medical colleagues in Boston, Massachusetts.
He said it was hoped it would become a big annual event and find its way onto the national athletics calendar as one of the best in the country.
"We hope it develops into a marathon for serious runners and a tremendous opportunity for charities to raise funds through relay teams. The relay event will mean anybody can join in the fun - if there's enough in the team they won't have to run that far," said Richard.
"The event has the potential to increase business in the town and improve links with Boston, USA, especially with the development of the Mayflower 400 commemorations."
It is estimated the event will cost £15,000 to stage and the organisers have already had a tremendous boost - a donation of £8,000 from Boston Big Local. Richard is confident that the rest will come in from sponsors and runners' entry fees.
The entry fees are: UK Affiliated Runners : £28 (full), £18 (half); all other entrants : £30 (full), £20 (half), £60 (relay). The registration deadline is April 3, 2016.
Volunteer race marshalls will be required. If you want to get involved please go to the website www.bostonmarathon.co.uk
Big Local Chairman, Richard Tory and Rachel Lauberts present a cheque to sponsor the Boston Marathon (UK) 2016 to from left, Dr Cyril Nyman, organiser Harish Kurup, Chairman Richard Austin and Mike Sharp. Member, Guy Bull, was not available