Will you be one of the thousands of people taking part in this year’s London Marathon?
Following the horrendous news following the Boston marathon has this made you all the more determined to take part this Sunday?
Every year, approximately 30,000 people run the 26.2 mile (42.2km) marathon through the streets of London.
Runners include not only professional athletes, including those who took part in the London Olympics, many runners choose to run in outrageous fancy dress costumes such as the iconic London bus, may choose for personal achievement and to raise money for their favourite charities.
This is one of the biggest events in the UK’s sporting category and following the explosions which followed Boston’s marathon many questions if the event would go ahead.
Following the tragic events in Boston, organisers of the London Marathon moved quickly to announce a full review of security.
Sport Minister Hugh Robertson has confirmed that this Sunday’s London Marathon, which starts in Blackheath and passes landmarks such as Tower Bridge and Big Ben and finishes near Buckingham Palace, will go ahead as planned.
He also said that he was “absolutely confident” that the race could be held safely and added “I think this is one of those incidents where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue and send a very clear message to those responsible.”
It is estimated that 500,000 spectators will line the streets to watch the event, police are to review the events security arrangements in the wake of the bomb attack which left 3 dead and many injured in Boston.
St James’s Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry will still attend the marathon and make the presentations to the winners.
Will you be there to show your support for the London Marathon runners this year or do you feel it is advisable to watch from home?