Shock as Seabank Marathon is cancelled

Seabank Marathon 2010.
Seabank Marathon 2010.

CHARITABLE causes in and around Boston have been dealt a blow with the cancellation of one of the area’s most prominent fundraisers.

The annual Seabank Marathon, which last year raised more than £18,500 for good causes, will not be held in 2011.

The 26-mile event between Boston and Skegness, now in its 34th year, will instead be ‘re-launched’ in 2012, it has been announced.

Macmillan Cancer Support - who together with Boston’s Peter Paine Sports Centre has organised the event in previous years - issued a statement promising ‘some fantastic changes’ to the event.

“The Boston and District Committee for Macmillan have successfully supported the event for 33 years, but have chosen to take this year off to ensure that next year’s event, which will now be run solely by Macmillan Cancer Support, is the challenge event in Lincolnshire, no one will want to miss,” it stated.

The charity declined to expand on the statement when approached by The Standard. A spokesman from the Peter Paine Sports Centre was also unavailable for comment.The event attracts hundreds of competitors each year. In the past, half of the proceeds are split between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Peter Paine Sports Centre, with the other half going to the competitor’s chosen good cause.

Fundraising manager at Boston’s Butterfly Hospice Trust, Jane Parsons, said it was a ‘shock’ and a ‘shame’ for such an established event to be cancelled for 2011.

“It’s a blow to our local charities,” she said. “I think we have all benefited from it over the years.”

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