It was a cold and breezy Sunday as Boston played host to the 4th annual Boston Marathon. Billed as the flattest marathon in the UK with only 21 feet of elevation over the whole course.
Athletes from all over the UK gathered in the town centre market place just before 9am in nervous anticipation of the race ahead, among them eight members of Boston Triathlon Club.
Adam Sellers and Lynsey Ballans taking on the full 26.2 mile marathon distance, a first for both athletes. Training for neither athlete had gone well as they had both suffered from illness and injury, however they weren’t going to let this affect their day. Adam finished in a time of 4hrs 40min 2secs 107th (Senior Male 18-39) an excellent first marathon time and a strong building block for his season with upcoming races in Edinburgh (Marathon) and IronMan Wales. Lynsey was not running in the normal red of Boston Triathlon but was instead wearing the running colours of Sarcoma UK the clubs chosen charity for the year, Lynsey finished with her friend Karen Hindle in a time of 5hrs 24min 2sec 64th (Veteran Female 40-49)
The half marathon 13.1 mile distance was well represented with six athletes running in club colours. The Monday night training clearly paying dividends for Tom Owen and Mel Wheeler with both earning personal best times of 1hr 52mins 55sec (63rd Senior Male 18 -39) and 1hr 54min 39sec (27th Veteran Female 40-49) respectively.
Marcus Kenning continued his training for the Outlaw Nottingham Full IronMan in July with a time of 2hrs 3mins 11sec (82nd Veteran Male 40 – 49).
In the battle of the brothers Phil Roberts took victory over his brother Charles Roberts with a time of 2hrs 15min 44sec (57th Senior Veteran Male 50 – 59) to Charles 2hrs 31min 56sec (64th Senior Veteran Male 50 – 59).
Jamie Stanton supported a fellow competitor around the course in good preparation for his busy triathlon season with a time of 2hrs 59min 25sec (103rd Veteran Male 40 – 49)
Many of the towns sports groups help marshal the event, Boston Triathlons athletes had the added advantage of being welcomed home by friends as the club manned the finish station at Boston Collage.