Changes to Boston to Skegness Seabank Marathon 2013
THERE are some big and exciting changes to this year's Boston to Skegness Seabank Marathon.
For the very first time the marathon will start from Fish Hill in Boston's Market Place on Sunday, June 23.
Organisers have also introduced a relay so teams of up to eight can take part in a three to four mile stretch of the marathon.
Macmillan Seabank Marathon chairman Simeon Disley said: "The entrants can run or walk if they wish.
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"I hope this will provide an opportunity to participate for people who do not want to do the whole length of the marathon and we think it will be of interest to teams from sports clubs, teams of work colleagues and groups of friends who join together to exercise, have fun and to help a good cause.
"The council has spent a lot of money on the refurbishment of the Market Place so we thought it would be nice to use it.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for participants to take in the local area and run through farmland that is not usually open to the public."
Registration will take place in the Assembly Rooms thanks to its new owner Matthew Clark and the race will be started by the Mayor of Boston from the balcony of the building.
Mr Clark said: "We are excited to be involved in the start of this year's newly located Seabank Marathon.
"It is great that the well-known event has decided to move the start from the muddy shores to the newly refurbished Boston Market Place, which will certainly create a vibe for the town, and hopefully increase footfall to the retail and leisure businesses during the day and highlight the popularity of the event as a whole.
"We fully anticipate that the Assembly Rooms will be returned to a former glory by the start of the marathon, and therefore we look forward to welcoming the Mayor and other dignitaries to start the race from our balcony, thereby reaffirming the importance of the building in the Market Place and to the people of Boston.
"It ultimately is great to see the return of the marathon and we hope that it achieves its goals of both highlighting the Macmillan Cancer Support message, but raising funds for this important charity likewise."
The route starts on Fish Hill and goes along Market Place, Strait Bargate, Pen Street, John Adams Way, York Street, Windsor Bank and along the sea bank.
Forms for the marathon will be available in the coming weeks but people can register their interest online now.
The event, in its 35th year, takes place on Sunday, June 23. The money is split between Macmillan Cancer Support and another chosen charity too if the participants wish. The 2012 event, which took place on May 20, raised more than £13,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support and other charities. For more information log on to www.seabankmarathon.co.uk