AS THIS year’s Seabank Marathon participants prepare to pull on their running shoes organisers take a look back over the history of the event.
The 39th annual Seabank Marathon takes place on July 17 with people running, jogging or walking from Skegness to Boston to raise money for their chosen charities.
Boston and District Athletics Club (BADAC) is working with The Standard to stage this year’s event.
The club’s development officer, Peter Arnott, said: “Technically the event cannot be called a marathon for record purposes as a marathon must be on the roads. However the Seabank Marathon is well established and long may it continue.”
Recalling the event’s origins, Mr Arnott said the Seabank Marathon was founded in 1974 by Richard Anderson of Boston Grammar School along with local football manager Bob Don-Duncan.
The first event was nicknamed the ‘Minibus Marathon’ as it was held to raise funds for the school’s first yellow Ford Custom Minibus. It was tied in with a huge jumble sale in the school hall which raised more than £1,000 itself.
The organisers worked out the route during the Easter Holidays and had to seek permission from North Sea Camp to cross its territory and to consult with farmers in the Wainfleet/Skegness area about access over bridges.
The walk raised more than £1,000 and was deemed such a success that organisers repeated it in 1975 as a ‘curtain raiser’ walk to raise funds for new stage curtains at the school. In 1976 it was held to raise funds for a cine-projector and screen.
Mr Arnott added: “The town then took it over and it has been going ever since (except in 2001 – the year of foot and mouth disease).”
l Entry and sponsorship forms are available from the Boston Standard offices, at 5-6, Church Lane, Boston. Deadline for entries in July 4.