Marathon set to boost town

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Boston is gearing up to host its own marathon in 2016 and is taking registrations from now.

The event has been made possible thanks to the hard work of the Boston Marathon Association. Provisional approval has been given by the council’s event management team for it to take place on April 17, 2016.

Harish Kurup, head of service and consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the town’s Pilgrim Hospital, came up with the idea during talks with medical professionals in the US.

He said: “I was doing some training with people at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and I got this idea to do our own Boston Marathon. That was back in September so I contacted the Mayor Richard Austin and we formed a committee.

“The aim is that it will boost the town’s image and attract runners from all 
over.”

Coun Austin added: “It’s going to be a very good event for Boston in all sorts of ways. It will help the health and community spirit of the town and its image.

“As we come up to the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower there will be a lot of commemorative celebrations between us and New England, so this 
will help businesses and the town.”

The full 26 mile route will start in Boston, before passing through Frieston and Butterwick up to the outskirts of Wrangle, returning via Fishtoft and Skirbeck.

A half marathon option and relay will also be available. The relay is for teams of up to 10 people where each competitor will complete 2.5 miles with buses taking runners to the start of each leg.

The marathon will offer another challenge alongside the annual Macmillan Seabank Marathon, which follows a route from Boston to Skegness.

Mr Kurup said: “We aim to hold the Boston Marathon every year and hope that over the next four years it will become a big event and by 2020 be held on the same day as the US marathon.”

For details on how to register go to the website at www.bostonmarathon.co.uk