Trophy Tracey is first entrant

Tracey Keightley is the first entrant into this year's saved Seabank Marathon event on July 17. 'DD 120411011

Tracey Keightley is the first entrant into this year's saved Seabank Marathon event on July 17. 'DD 120411011

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THE first entrant into this year’s Seabank Marathon is certainly one of the event’s more dedicated runners.

Tracey Keightley, 42, was the first person to apply for the July 17 event, and for the last two years has been the recipient of the Ian Massey Memorial Trophy for the individual who raised the most cash.

“It seemed just like a crazy idea when I first started taking part in the run five years ago,” said Tracey, of Leverton. “But for the previous two years I’ve raised a lot of cash for Macmillan and Wish Upon a Star. It’s such a great feeling and I’d recommend it to anyone.”

In 2009 Tracey raised £1,400 which was then smashed last year with a whopping £2,520.

She added: “Instead of trying to beat last year’s race time, my aim now is just to beat my previous year’s total of money raised.”

The event – now in its 34th year – will be run from Skegness to Boston (not Boston to Skegness, as printed last week) with a competitive trials race followed by a fun run and dog walk. There will also be a shorter children’s event.

Just two months ago the marathon had been unexpectedly cancelled. But then the Boston Standard and Boston and District Athletic Club (BADAC) joined forces to save the event which over the years has raised thousands of pounds for charity. Entry for the first three events is £20, while the child’s event is £5. After the entry fee, all money raised will go to that person’s chosen charity, unlike other years when it has also been split with the organisers.

l Entry forms are available from The Standard offices at 5-6 Church Lane, and BADAC (bostonanddistrictac.com). Find out more on 01754 820455.

l To sponsor Tracey call 01205 870808.