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Countdown is on for Bournemouth Marathon Festival
THERE are just three days to go until the inaugural Bournemouth Marathon Festival gets under way at the weekend.
Around 9,500 people are expected to be taking part in the two-day festival which includes six events starting with the first of the two junior races at 2pm on Saturday near Pier Approach.
Marathon mascot Daphne, a six foot high furry dolphin, will be in the Lower Gardens from 1.30pm on Saturday to give young runners the fins up.
On Sunday the half marathon starts from King’s Park Avenue at 8am followed by the full marathon at 10am.
Among the 4,024 entrants is world record holder Steve Edwards who has run 600 official marathons in the fastest average time of three hours and 18 minutes and 25 seconds.
The 50-year-old athlete who lives with his wife in north Gloucestershire, says he is looking forward to making history by being part in the first Bournemouth marathon.
“I love Bournemouth – it is somewhere I would like to retire. I love being by the sea.”
Steve says his next goal could be the record for 1,000 marathons in a sub 3.30 finish time.
“I know is an ambitious target and I’m not getting any younger but it does appeal to me!”
Kirstie Armsworth, spokesman for GSi Events, which is organising the event, said people were travelling far and wide.
“The event is already part of the runner’s calendar with people travelling from as far as Singapore, America, Poland and Spain. The oldest runner is 75 taking part in the marathon, and the youngest is six taking part in the 1.5k junior race making this event a truly mass participation event catering for all ages.
“We wish all our runners the best of luck this weekend.”
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