Boston UK Half Marathon - 14th April 2019
Anyone looking for a flat half marathon course, then this is for you. The total elevation gain was 21ft! The marathon runs 10 minutes earlier on the day. There were water stations every 2 miles and different local groups volunteer at the drinks stations and have a competition for the best station. I remember being cheered on by a Fred Flinston at 1O miles and a man with a real Donkey earlier in the race.
There are challenges with this race dispite it being so flat. Firstly, you go out of Boston Town after a mile and into the countryside. Near to the coast it was windy and it did hale at one point. There's no protection from trees or buildings. If it was hot this would have been more of a struggle!
Secondly, for 11 miles of the race its the same landscape. You can see for miles ahead as its so flat. Mentally this is challenging as it looks so far and without the supportive drinks stations it would have been boring.
However, despite the challenges, if you want a flat half or full marathon, consider Boston. 2 runners I knew achieved great times, a half marathon pb and the other a good for age for London marathon. It's near to the coast as well so I made the most of it and enjoyed the beach after the race!