Poole Town fan Barrie Corbin, 71, finishes Bournemouth marathon after race cut off time (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Bournemouth Marathon brings welcome boost for hotel and tourism trade
THE UK'S newest marathon brought a welcome boost for Bournemouth's hotel and tourism trade at the weekend.
Thousands of people turned out to support the inaugural Bournemouth Marathon Festival which attracted around 9,000 entrants.
Jon Weaver, the marketing and events manager for Bournemouth Tourism said, it had been a big success on every level.
“It was a great event not just for tourists visiting the town, but it was also a really positive event for residents of Bournemouth too.
“There was a great atmosphere with thousands of runners taking part and the sun was shining - what a great start for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival.”
A spokesman for the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association (BAHA) said: “It's nice to see a new event like this taking place in Bournemouth which can only be good news for our members.”
Neil Kilgour, Bournemouth Marathon Festival race director, said: “From the elite runner through to the first time marathon runner, to youngsters standing in the start pen for the first time in their lives, it was a great pleasure to welcome them all.
"Many of these people were changing their lives and many were changing the lives of others too through raising vital funds for charity.”
More than 750 runners from the Bournemouth Marathon Festival Official Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support took part, together with 150 Affiliate Charities with organisers confident more than £500,000 in total has been raised for charity.
Entries are now open for the 2014 Bournemouth Marathon Festival with an early bird discount for everyone who registers for any race distance before October 20 at www.run-bmf.com.
Barrie finishes marathon
Unfortunately for Barrie, he was timed him out by the organisers as they did not think he would finish before the race cut off time of 6hrs 30 minutes.
But when the charity's area manager Karen Rhys heard his story, she decided to take action.
“Barrie actually finished at 5.10pm - 7 hrs 10 minutes after he had started.
“He just happened to mention in passing that he didn't get a medal because the organisers had packed up by the time he crossed the finishing line, so I contacted the BBC, and together we managed to persuade the festival organisers to make an exception for Barrie and give him a medal.”
Barrie will be officially presented with his medal at the weekend.
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