A sponsor of this year’s Boston Marathon has praised organisers for an event which succeeded at a number of different levels.

A provisional date has already been set for next year’s marathon day – Sunday, April 19 – after the success of the third annual event last month.

Andrew Wallis, of Boston Seeds, congratulating the organising team, said: “You should feel very proud. This was a huge success by any measure. The ripple effect from the event is absolutely enormous:

  • Inspiring people to run for the first time;
  • Inspiring runners to achieve personal goals;
  • Volunteering;
  • Raising money and awareness for good causes;
  • Engaging across all the local community;
  • Improving the profile of Boston;
  • Contributing to the local economy;
  • Attracting visitors to the local area.”

A record 1,700 runners registered for the full marathon, the half marathon and the 5k fun run.

Runners came from all over the UK, Eastern Europe, America, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria.

Many runners on the flattest course in the UK again achieved their personal best times despite the windy and cool conditions.

A170 strong army of volunteers helped stage the event which has put Boston on the athletics calendar.