The race will go on: London Marathon runners vow solidarity with Boston
London Marathon runners have vowed not to let the fatal explosions in Boston deter them from taking part in the Sunday race.
Three people were killed and more than 100 injured by the blasts near the finish line of yesterday’s US race.
The explosions are being probed by the FBI in a “potential terrorist inquiry”.
Security arrangements for the London Marathon will be reviewed in light of the blasts, organisers say, but the race is set to go ahead.
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Runners have vowed to take part despite the tragedy, and a #handsoverhearts Twitter campaign has been launched to encourage runners to place their hands over their hearts as they cross the finish line on Sunday.
Twitter user Lucy Macnamara created a poster encouraging runners to make the gesture to show solidarity with Boston.
She explained: "Just place you hand over your heart and smile for the camera as you cross the finish and post the photo online. Thank you X".
User @sportschaplain said: “Our prayers are with all those at Boston. I will be running the London #marathon on Sunday. We cannot let the terrorists win by fear".
And @ SirAndyJD wrote: “If the London Marathon was cancelled, we're just giving in to the terrorists. Keep calm, and carry on”.
Meanwhile @ SquiggleLiz tweeted: “This Sunday's London marathon is going to be tense, but it should happen to show that we do not buckle to terrorism #thoughtsarewithboston”.
And @matthew_weir said: "Glad to see no knee-jerk reaction about cancelling the London Marathon. The people who carry out acts like this cannot think they can win".
Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said he was "absolutely confident" the London event could be kept safe.
“This is one of those instances where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue,” he told the BBC.
Meanwhile Prince Harry is set to go ahead with his plans to present medals at the London Marathon.