New charity race planned for town

RUNNERS disappointed at the cancellation of this year’s Race for Life now have two new fundraising events in Boston to limber up for.

A 5k family run and an arduous 100k ‘ultra runners’ race are being organised by Boston and District Athletics Club (BADAC) to take place this summer.

BADAC development officer Peter Arnott said: “The event we have planned, which will be similar to Race For Life, will be called the Butterfly Run and will be in aid of the Butterfly Hospice Trust.

“The hospice trust was chosen as it has built a fantastic facility and it is a local charity that desperately needs funds.”

The three-mile run will be open to men, women and children to enter. All participants will take part in a musical warm up before the start and will get a Butterfly Hospice T-shirt.

The Butterfly Run will start from the B-Hive in Punchbowl Lane, Boston, on July 15.

The 100k ultra runners’ team race is set to take place on the weekend of June 23-24.

Called the Jubilee Challenge, this event will see competitors race a 62-mile course along the Water Rail Way – from Boston to Lincoln and back to Boston.

The course will run along the old railway line route – now a footpath and cycleway – with a third of the course run on quiet country roads.

Mr Arnott said: “This event is open to anyone who can take up the challenge.

“From ultra runners and teams from the military services, businesses, schools, charities, sports clubs, pubs and others – all are invited to take part – either competitively or as a social challenge.”

Teams will consist of a maximum of six members with a minimum of three needed to finish.

Money raised at this event will go to worthy causes of the participants’ choice.

The Jubilee Challenge will start in Boston at 8am on the Saturday, with a cut off time at 8pm on the Sunday. This day is expected to coincide with the Butterfly Hospice Trust Lincoln to Boston Cycle Ride.

Mr Arnott added: “We are hoping to attract runners from all over the UK for this one, and both races are planned to become annual events.”

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