Police boost ahead of marathon

The number of police officers on duty for the London Marathon has been boosted by 40% to provide reassurance in the wake of the atrocities in Boston according to Scotland Yard.

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London Marathon 'doing everything to ensure safety'

The London Marathon, registration and all associated events will go ahead as originally planned, organisers said.

Security arrangements will continued to be reviewed in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and other authorities.

The support we have been offered by our stakeholders and the wider running community has been outstanding. We have the full support of the Metropolitan Police, the Mayor's office and other authorities.

We want to reassure our runners, spectators, volunteers and everyone connected with the event, that we are doing everything to ensure their safety and that the Virgin London Marathon 2013 is an outstanding success.

– London Marathon Chief Executive Nick Bitel


Harry will attend London Marathon after Boston blasts

Prince Harry poses with the winners of the London Marathon 2012 elite races. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Prince Harry will attend the London Marathon this weekend despite the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

The royal, who is patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, will still will make the presentations to the winners of the various races including the elite men and women events.

He will also meet a selection of volunteers involved with the running of the annual event and members of the St John Ambulance.

A St James's Palace spokesman confirmed that the prince would be attending the marathon as planned but declined to comment further, he said: "As far as we're concerned there's nothing to suggest any change."

British runner 'can't believe' what he saw in Boston

Some 347 of the 25,000 taking part in the race were British and several told of the aftermath of the two blasts.

Mike Kendall, from Northampton, tweeted after completing the 26.2 mile race:

Anthony Meenaghan, 21, an architectural technology student from Sheffield Hallam University who is on a work placement in Boston, tweeted


London Marathon will require 'extra vigilance'

Everyone will have been appalled at the terrible events in Boston.

While the culprits and motivation behind the US terror attacks are still unclear, this will obviously entail a review of security arrangements for both Lady Thatcher's funeral and the London Marathon.

In light of the awful attacks in Boston they will require extra vigilance from everyone involved and it is also to be hoped that everyone recognises the added responsibility of co-operating with the Police and the Authorities at both events.

– Former Home Secretary John Reid

Sports minister 'confident' London race will be secure

Hugh Robertson said he was confident the London Marathon would be safe. Credit: PA

Sports minister Hugh Robertson insisted he was "absolutely confident" that the London Marathon could be kept safe.

Asked if he believed it should still go ahead, he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "Yes, I do.

"These are balance of judgements but we are absolutely confident here that we can keep the event safe and secure.

"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."

London Marathon boss: 'Security will be reviewed'

The chief executive of the London Marathon said security for Sunday's race will be reviewed with the Met Police in light of the explosions in Boston.

Nick Bitel said that as more information as to what actually happened in Boston comes in, race organisers and police will adjust security to meet any "threat assessment".

Mr Bitel said: "The London Marathon has a security plan which is developed in conjunction with Metropolitan Police.

"As soon as this new broke we were in contact with our colleagues from the Met, and we will be reviewing our security in the coming days, in the light of what has happened in Boston, and as more information comes out of that city as to what has actually occurred.

"I don't want to talk about specifics of what security we have had in the past, or will have on Sunday. All I can say is that it will be of an appropriate level to meet whatever threat assessment is made, in conjunction with the Met police."

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