Tributes paid to Boston victims

A minute's silence will be held before the start of Sunderland's Marathon of the North on Sunday as organisers and participants are keen to pay their respects to the victims.

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A minute silence in Sunderland to remember the Boston victims

Competitors, volunteers and spectators will stand in silence at the start of Sunday's Marathon of the North, to remember the victims of the Boston bombings.

The tribute was announced by the event founder and organiser Steve Cram.

He said the race safety plan has been reviewed in the light of the Boston attacks as the security of participants is paramount but said he didn't anticipate problems.

Watch Helen Ford's report here:

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Minute's silence to remember Boston Marathon victims

A minute's silence is due to take place before the start of the Marathon of the North on Sunday as organisers and participants pay their respects to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

5000 runners are expected to line up for the event, which is in its second year.

The Marathon of the North will take place a fortnight after bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people.

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