Boston bombing won’t deter London Marathon runners

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Keen runners have vowed not to be put off by this week’s tragic events in Boston as they prepare to take on the 26 miles of the London Marathon this weekend.

Organisers in London have stepped up security ahead of Sunday’s race following the explosions in Boston on Monday, which killed three people and injured more than 170.

Several Lancaster district residents will be making the trip to the capital to take part in the event – and they say they will not let the US attack deter them.

Lancaster City Football Club’s Mick Hoyle, who is doing the race with his partner, said: “I’ve done it before and it does take the edge off it.

“We’ve had calls from family saying ‘don’t go’ but we’ve been training for four months now and are ready to do it.

“And I feel as though with the security you saw at the Olympics and the with heightened security after what happened in Boston that everything will be fine.

“London has done big events before and I’m sure this will be no different.”

Rod Brandin-Howson is doing the race for Spinal Research after friend Andrew Barr, also running, lost the use of his right arm aged 16 in a motorbike accident.

The 22-year-old primary school teacher said: “Watching what happened on TV all I could think is that there will be even tighter security now.

“It’s a horrible thing that has happened but it doesn’t really phase me.”

Meanwhile, Lancaster & District Samaritans volunteer Annie Rawlinson is part of a group of 60 who will be running on Sunday to raise moeny for the Samaritans.

Annie, 49, will be dressed in a sequinned tutu and playing Bring Me Sunshine on a plastic trumpet.

Annie is running in London as part of a pledge to complete 12 races.

She has so far taken part in two 10K races, five half marathons, a 14 mile race and a marathon in different parts of the UK and worldwide.

After the London Marathon, she will undertake a Cross Bay Challenge and a half marathon across a tidal bay and then the Lakeland Trails Marathon.

Annie is also selling 1,000 cupcakes around Kendal and Lancaster.

“The Samaritans isn’t only about raising funds, but perhaps more importantly, about increasing awareness,” Annie said.

“We need to make sure that everyone knows about our service; whilst we are there for suicidal people, we’re there for everyone else too.”

And Annie hasn’t been put off by the incident in Boston.

“I am definitely still going,” she said. ““My brother and 12-year-old nephew Alfie will be coming down to watch and I am hoping to raise around £5,000 for the Samaritans.”