Boston Marathon UK

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Take part in the UK's very own Boston Marathon in Lincolnshire. Great for runners of all stripes, this pancake-flat course starts from Boston Market Place and ends at Boston College. Get involved for the epic race atmosphere and for the unique finisher's medal.
Participants
Marathon, Half Marathon and Fun Run
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Calendar
Mon, 31 May 2021
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Boston, United Kingdom
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4.6
(15 Reviews)
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Atmosphere

Based on 2,020 participants

Elevation

5m elevation gain per km

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Where and when
Location
8 Wormgate, Boston PE21 6NP, UK
Start times
Mon, 31 May 2021
Marathon:
8:15am |
Half Marathon:
TBC |
Fun Run:
10:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Boston Marathon UK
Marathon
Distance
26.2mi
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
Fun Run
Distance
3mi
Route information
This road marathon is a completely flat course, making it perfect for first timers and for experienced runners alike. Be it your first attempt at this distance or an opportunity to clock a PB, this is a fantastic race to get involved in.
The course will kick-off from the Boston Market Place and end at Boston College. The race takes place on the Sunday preceding Patriots Day in the US.
Boston Marathon Route has been measured and certified by AUKCM (Association of UK Course Measurers).
There will be 9 drink stations across the duration of the course as well as portable toilet facilities every 2.5 miles.
AWD runners are more than welcome and no charge for their support runners if required.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Free t-shirt
  • Post-race goodie bag
  • Chip timing
  • Prize money (Up to £300 for 1st place)
  • Age grade prizes
  • Distance marked
  • Refreshment stations
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How to get there
8 Wormgate, Boston PE21 6NP, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
Address: Boston Market Place, PE21 6NN
Parking: Limited Car parking at the college (first come first served), additional car parks adjacent to the Market Place (Sunday charges apply).
There is a £1.20 parking fee on Sunday's.
Accommodation: An extensive list of great places to stay within the area can be found at this link: https://www.bostonmarathon.co.uk/accommodationExternalLink
Event day logistics
**Schedule:
Sat 18th April
1900:** Meet and Greet at the New England Hotel (49 Wide Bargate, PE21 6SH)
**Sun 19th April
0700:** Event opens
0900: Full Marathon
0915: Half Marathon
0930: Fun Run
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled race start time - the start point is around a 5 - 10 minute walk away from the parking area.
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Please note:** anyone who registers for this race after the 4th April will have to collect their race pack on the day, all other race packs will be mailed out.
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Boston Marathon UK
Boston (UK) Marathon 2020 is in the 5th year after establishing a very popular and successful event over the last four years - check our website for our runner comments!
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Spectator Info
Spectators are more than encouraged to come along to this event a cheer on any family or friends who are taking part.
The recommended vantage points are at the start and finish area.
FAQs
How do I get my race pack?
If you've entered this race before 4th April, your pack will be mailed out to you at least 1 week before the race. Those who enter after this date will need to collect the pack either at the meet & greet event on Saturday evening, or from race control on the Sunday morning.
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Can I wear headphones?
This course is open to traffic so please do not wear headphones. Under UKA laws, only bone-conducting headphones are permitted.
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Is there baggage storage available?
There is a bag drop available from Boston College at 0700 as well as Boston Market Place at 0800. Please note: all Market Place bags will be transferred to the College for collection.
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Is there catering on-site?
Boston College is home to a catering school with a fantastic reputation who will be offering a variety of food on the day.
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Reviews
4.6
15 reviews
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3.7
Did the race in 2019
The organisation was first class, the volunteers at the water stations were amazing with plenty of encouragement and goodies to keep you going and the little helpers at the bag reclaim so good. Only downside is the course is 26 miles of open wilderness and only one village on route.
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4.7
Did the race in 2019
Fantastic marshals, brilliant water stations, amazing support on bikes keeping us safe but so lonely on the windy country lanes. Brilliantly organized though
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4.7
Did the race in 2019
Loved it completely. Organisation was first class. From signing up for thee vent to receiving medal and goody bag (IMO the contents of the bag were exactly what they should be after a long run). Location was easy to get to off main roads. Ample parking, organisers were friendly, nice supportive crowds. I acknowledge there were times when you would not see many people for periods of time, but I knew that before signing up. For me and probably lots of others the appeal is how flat the route is - and it really is. I achieved a PB for a half marathon 14/4/19 and was five minutes quicker than Cambridge half (also flat). Plenty of water stations with lots of people handing out bottles. Lovely people at the end. Would def do again. If you want to get your head down, aim for a PB you should do this :)
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
A nice, well organised, friendly event. They have a marathon, half marathon and a fun run. Had 615 doing the full marathon which set off ten minutes before the 564 doing the half. The two routes were shared for the first five or so miles so the front runners in the half caught up with the tail of the marathon, but it wasn't a problem as the runners were well spread out. A nice flat course along country roads so definite PB potential - just need to turn the wind off! Lots of water stations and friendly marshalls providing encouragement. Had a fairly strong headwind on the way out and a tailwind to see us home. Easy online entry, not too expensive (18 for affiliated runners) and I got my number and race day instructions in the post a week before the start. Had a very good Facebook page with event info and links to results and photos after the event. Results were online on the day. Nice t-shirt, medal and goodie bag - though it would have been good to have a separate medal and t-shirt for each event rather than just Boston Marathon ones. Some great free photos from local photographers all round the course were a very nice bonus. I really enjoyed it and hope to do it again.
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4.7
Did the race in 2019
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
Great marathon water stations every 2 miles or so with sports top bottles, great Marshall's, water stations, organisation, cheap entry, medal t shirt, goody bag ets all for less than 30! Flat and fast course on quiet country lanes. This will grow fast as everyone rates it so highly!
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
Great marathon everyone who was involved in organising it did a brilliant job you must come and do either the full or half and experience it for yourself.
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
A well organised marathon. Ideal for a PB as it so flat. Having been use to training with hills(I live in the North East of Scotland) you forget how harder it is running on the flat..But 20mins off my PB I cannot complain. A brilliant day all round
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3.0
Did the race in 2019
Course needed more marshals. Children shouldnt be expected to be crossing roads alone in an organised race. The turn off onto the fun run diversion also needed better signage/direction from the marshals as lots went past it. Compared to last year didnt like the route at all!
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4.7
Did the race in 2019
Great half marathon- everyone is so friendly and supportive. The course is mostly rural on quiet roads and extremely flat, which is great for pb's, but even a little wind can feel like a gale! This was my second year here and I'll definitely be back again.
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