Runners: Boston Marathon attacks will not stop us competing in London

John Freeman and Chris Brown will still be competing in the London Marathon, despite the explosions in Boston yesterday
John Freeman and Chris Brown will still be competing in the London Marathon, despite the explosions in Boston yesterday

Charity runners from the north of the county say they will still take part in this Sunday’s London Marathon despite the explosions in Boston.

Three people were killed and dozens injured following a pair of explosions near the finish line of the world’s oldest marathon in the Massachusetts capital yesterday (Monday, April 15).

London mayor Boris Johnson has spoken to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe about the possibility of extra security for the London Marathon in response to the attacks.

But two Wellinborough runners have said they will not change their plans despite the blasts.

“I have got slight concerns about what happened in Boston, but I don’t think that’s going to stop people,” said Mr Freeman, 65, who is running his sixth consecutive London Marathon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Mr Brown, 33, who is running on behalf of Children with Cancer, said: “Obviously I saw the news, but it’s not changed my mind. It’s not even crossed my mind (to pull out).”

He said he had received an email from London Marathon organisers saying they would be stepping up security and would send out daily updates ahead of the race.

“I haven’t even thought of not doing it,” he said.

Mr Johnson has said robust measures are in place to prevent any similar attack taking place this weekend.

He added: “The bombings in Boston are shocking, cowardly and horrific, and the thoughts of all Londoners this morning will be with the victims. Boston is a proud city built on history, tradition and a real sense of community.

“These attacks were aimed at its core, at innocent men, women and children enjoying a spring day out at a major sporting event. We do have robust security measures in place for Sunday’s London Marathon, but given events in Boston it’s only prudent for the police and the organisers of Sunday’s race to re-examine those security arrangements.”

Runners from Northamptonshire were among the tens of thousands competing in Boston yesterday. Mike Kendall, from Northampton, and Mark Heycock and Melanie Cotton, both from Daventry, were all thought to have been away from the immediate vicinity of the explosions.