The Brit finished 9th in a packed women's elite field

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Photo credit:  PhotoRun
Photo credit: PhotoRun

Boston Marathon returned for its 126th edition on Monday, and the women’s race in particular – which was celebrating its 50th year – did not disappoint.

Kenyan runner and current Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir won in 2:21:01, beating Ababel Yeshaneh by just four seconds following a gripping, hard-fought final mile.

British runner Charlotte Purdue, who currently holds the third-fastest British marathon time for her 2:23:26 at London last year, finished in a time of 2:25:26. She ran the race with the following 5K splits: 17:42, 16:41, 16:23, 17:07, 17:13, 17:41 and 17:34.

In the men’s race, Evans Chebet of Kenya ran to victory in 2:06:51 for his first Major win. Lawrence Cherono took second place (2:07:21), followed by Benson Kipruto (2:07:27) to complete a Kenyan one-two-three.

Sunderland’s Stephen Jackson was the first British male, finishing in 78th place with a time of 2:28:17, taking 78th position.

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