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Process of entering the Boston Marathon UK

These instructions will be revised to implement any changes to the Covid-19 safety measures introduced before the event.


  1.  Read all about it! there is a link to an information pdf for each race on the home page and a dedicated "Information for Runners" page in the menu above.

  2. Compare with other marathons on websites and social media

  3. Discover that Boston Marathon is the flattest in UK with the Friendliest Marshalls who really care to welcome you to the town and villages

  4. Make the decision to be part of it!

  5. Go on line to the Boston Marathon website, and read about the options

  6. Then choose:  can you be ready for the Full Marathon (26.219 miles) or (from 17 years and up) the Half Marathon (13.1 miles.)  or (from 15 years 10K. Or as a taster (from 11 years and up) the Boston Fun Run of 3 miles (5000 metres).

  7. Go to the relevant booking area link on the home page of our website and fill in the form on the Stuweb registration platform.  Have your bank payment card ready.  If you are a member of an affiliated running club you can pay the reduced entry fee.

  8. You will receive an email confirming your entry.  If you do not receive one, contact customer services; details on the website. (It may be that your e-mail address has not been recorded accurately)

  9. Now relax; but not for long!  Time to start training in earnest!  You want to achieve your Personal Best (BP) time!

  10. Start planning the day. 

    1. How will you travel?  You need to arrive between 7:00 and 7:30am having parked and perhaps walked the 5 minutes to the Market Square.  Parking facilities are on the website and with the joining instructions,

    2. Will you stay overnight before the race?  There are links to accommodation providers in the area on the website.

  11. Keep an eye on your email; Boston Marathon will pass any new information via the StuWeb registration system.

  12. After the closing date and at least a week before the marathon you will receive joining instructions by second class mail,  These include

    1. Your running number

    2. Your chip timing device (attached to your number)

    3. A baggage label printed with your race number to attach to your ‘bag drop’ item.

    4. Joining instructions.

    5. If you have not received your race pack within 3 days of the race drop us an email advising us of your name and number (your number can be found on the StuWeb participants list for the  race you entered, find the link on our home page) to

    6. Join us at the MEET N GREET held at the Boston Stump Cafe 6pm on the evening before the race to meet the organisers and other runners. This is an opportunity for runners from overseas, or any non receipt of postal race packs, to collect collect their numbers. Check the Diary Dates page for the date and time.

  13. On the day, arrive in good time.  The Boston College no longer has car parking facilities. Follow the race car park signs in the town (only a few minutes drive away).

  14. You can use the secure bag drop at the Assembly Area in Central Park, Make sure it is labelled with your run number, ready for your collection when you finish.

  15. Instructions will follow on the staggered start times if Covid Safety Guidelines are required.

    1. Use the portable loo in good time

    2. If you have a problem with your joining instructions please contact us before the event if possible;  we can then have any replacement ready for you to pick up from the Market Place.  Some spares, safety pins, will be available if required.

 16. There is no requirement to register on the day.  Ensure you are familiar with your assemble and start times as advertised. The electronic tab records you as you pass through the starting archway, and also starts your personal timing.  The clock  shows how long the race has been going, not your time.

17.   Enjoy the run!  At the end your finisher’s medal , T-Shirt will be available to collect. 

18.  There will be no winners presentations. Winners will be advised following the conclusion of the event.

19.  Use our marathon back drop for a selfie opportunity. Share your selfie photos on our social media sites.

20.  There will be shower facilities available at the swimming pool to the rear of the  Boston College finish site..

21.   Have a safe journey home! The full results and individual timings will be available on the website.

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