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Over 1,000 runners to take part in Boston Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday

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Boston is preparing to welcome 1,000 runners to its marathon this Bank Holiday Monday, four times more than it did last year.

The marathon will cater to all levels of fitness, with a full marathon and half marathon and a fun run planned for the day.

The course has been dubbed “the flattest in the world” by runners and last year’s Boston Marathon recorded the fastest times for both men and women of all the Association of Running Clubs’ marathons in 2016.

The event will be held on April 17, the same day as the one in Boston USA and runners from as far away as Canada and Illinois have signed up.

The route

The course will be the same as last year, starting in the Market Place at 9am, then out to Wrangle and finishing at the college.

The fastest runners average about 10mph round the 26.2 mile course, meaning they finish the race in just over two and a half hours.

Road closures

Boston Borough Council have confirmed that John Adams Way will be closed between 8.30am and 9.45am on the day of the marathon.

Diversion signs will be in place to redirect traffic and participants can access the marathon course via the A52.

Car parking

Car parking is available at Boston College for the first 300 participants. Organisers have warned that these spaces are likely to fill up fast.

Spectators are being asked to park in one of the Boston Borough car parks within the town centre instead.

Bank Holiday parking is available in the council car parks at a rate of £1.20 per day.