Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Guinness World Record attempt to be made at Boston Marathon

With just over three weeks to go to the Boston Marathon on the 28th April the excitement is rising.

Runners are enthusiastically chatting on social media about the themed medal and TShirt design of “Bomber County” featuring a Lancaster Bomber. Some are running to commemorate relatives in the RAF who were posted to one of the 49 airfields across Lincolnshire during World War II.

At the time of writing this article entry numbers are 913 – full marathon, 457 – half marathon, 165 – 10K, and 38 – fun run, and at least a dozen entries are still being processed daily. Registration closes on the 15th April to ensure the runners receive their electronic bibs in the post. Those who register after this date can collect them on race morning.

The organisers are anticipating upwards of 1,800 entries. Spectators can choose between two starting points in the town or line Wide Bargate to see all runners just after setting off.

The full marathon starts in the Market Place at 08:00, the 10K will then start from the Park Gates at 08:15, the half marathon follows from the Market Place at 08:30 and the fun run, at the Park Gates, at 08:45. Anyone wishing to see the first runners arriving at the Boston College finish line will need to do a quick sprint to the college by 08:45 as the fastest of the 10K will be expected in around this time.

To add to the excitement this year Collin Harrison from Dunston in Lincolnshire is attempting to reclaim his Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Half Marathon carrying 100lb pack’.

Collin is a former Royal Marine Commando and currently part of the Royal Marine Veterans Speed March Team, who will be completing a marathon distance Speed March in July 2024 in London to raise awareness of mental health issues among both serving and former military personnel.

It was back in September 2021 when Collin initially broke this Guinness World Record with a time of 2hrs 11min. However, on 21st May 2023, it was broken with a time of 2hrs 10mins 30sec. As a result he is now aiming to complete the Boston Half Marathon course within 2hrs 8mins. Accompanying him will be members of the RM Speed March team, who will run the course and act as witnesses for the Guinness ratification.

With the half marathon starting at 08:30 in the Market Place, and if all goes well, spectators can expect to cheer Collin across the finish line at Boston College at 10:38.

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