PICTURE GALLERY: Seabank Marathon

THE major effort put into saving the Seabank Marathon – just weeks after it was cancelled – paid off on Sunday.

Around 120 people took part in the marathon which started in Skegness and ended at the Scout Hut in Fishtoft.

The event was saved by Boston and District Athletic Club (BADAC) – working alongside the Boston Standard after the 34th annual fundraiser was unexpectedly cancelled.

The club’s development officer Peter Arnott said: “Overall we were very pleased with what was achieved within the limited time and resources we had.”

He added: “If it hadn’t been for The Standard, it wouldn’t have gone ahead. I congratulate the paper for having the foresight to get this historic event going again.”

The main marathon was won by Geoff Knight, 43, from Boston, in 2hrs 42mins and he was followed by Gavin Felton, 41, of Barnsley and Dennis Rainbow, 44, of Skegness.

Geoff, who hasn’t done the Seabank Marathon in 20 years, said: “I led from Skegness to finish first, which is what I wanted.”

He also beat his previous best time of 2hrs 57mins.

The first lady was Paula Downing, 44, from Bedfordshire who was followed by Jayne Watts, 49, of Boston, and Nicola Bryant, 35, of Quadring.

Paula said: “It was pretty tough because it was very windy and I’m used to more road running but I raced a good time.”

A new edition – a mini three-mile marathon – was won by Josh Maund, 15, of Boston, who was followed by Liam Martin, 12, and Joe Ashton, 13.

A team from The Standard was on hand giving out free water.

Editor Stephen Stray said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this year’s marathon and undoubtedly raised thousands of pounds for charities and good causes.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the members of BADAC, who ensured the event took place. Everyone involved can be very proud of what they achieved.”

Despite a few experiencing a couple of miss-direction problems, unassociated with the official organisation, at the finish they were greeted by a carnival atmosphere. This included bouncy castles, stalls and entertainment from Boston Grammar School’s Schuhplattlergruppe.

The athletic club thanked everyone who supported the event including the British Red Cross, Raynet, Gibraltar Point Bird Sanctuary, DEFRA, farmers, Finnforrest, Batemans, Bookers Cash and Carry, the Fishtoft Scouts and the Smith family.

l Check out pages 13,14,15 and 83 of this week’s paper for more on this story, or click the link to the right under ‘multimedia links’ to see more pictures!