With 28 runners taking part in the 3rd annual Boston Marathon across all the distances Boston Community Runners had a very successful day with records broken and achievements surpassed. In the 5k race Samantha Cross managed a new PB and also took 1st place in her age category and Steve Hubbard, in just over 28 minutes was 1st in his age category too. The race also saw Maria Baker and Debbie Petley compete in their first big club outing and those medals were worn with pride.
In the Half Marathon 19 distinctive BCR vests crossed the start line with some fabulous times recorded. The results were John Burton 1.41.20, Simon Pickwell 1.44.18, Andy Butler 1.47.56, Jake Fountain 1.49.08, Tanya Knight 1.50.25, Anthony Bretton 1.5438, Rachel Conway 1.59.22, Fran Mills 2.05.21, Dan Simpson 2.07.56, Matt Tunnard 2.09.24, Linda Rands 2.11.04, Paul Maddison 2.11.50, Beth Lines 2.13.03, Emma Cook 2.18.09, Sarah Burton 2.24.30, Gary Beck-Sykes 2.25.49, Graham English 2.40.45, Claire Tunnard 2.40.45, Sharon English 2.40.46
In the Full Marathon 5 members took on the challenge. Dan Clark ran his first marathon in a fast time of 3.12.18 a fabulous achievement. Martin Tebbs had a very strong run too and a good finish saw him cross the line in 3.34.37. Next home for Boston was Kimberley Pittam who finished looking very fresh still in a time of 4.06.02 in her first marathon. Kim was raising funds for the Nottingham Hospital Charity Fund for local lad Lewis Smith. Lewis was first diagnosed with cancer at the ages of 8. Lewis had an operation on his leg and had to have his leg amputated. He also had chemotherapy which led to him missing a lot of school and spends a lot of his time at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. Kim managed to raise about £600 to date. Following Kim home was her training partner and also first time marathon runner Sarah Clarke. Sarah dug deep at 15 miles when a niggle in her foot reared its head again but kept going to push through and with friends along the course and meeting her towards the end she ran in strong and crossed the finish line in 4.48.53. Sarah took on the challenge to raise funds for Hawthorn Tree Childrens Community Centre in Boston and managed to raise over £250. The final runner for BCR to cross the line was Chris Chevis in 5.29.59, a superb achievement for a first marathon.