British witness: Boston is 'such a soft target'

Runner Darren Foy, 40, from Southampton and his wife Sandra and their two children missed the explosions by just 30 minutes after he finished the marathon in three and half hours.

Speaking from the city, the chartered surveyor said:

We were on our way home when we heard something had happened and I was getting messages like 'are you Ok?' which I never get. It's all quite shocking really.

We got home and we looked at the BBC online and saw there had been explosions but we are OK because I finished in three and a half hours and we were on the bus when it happened.

We are staying five miles outside and I'm not intending to go back into the city for a few days.

It's such a soft target. There are hundreds of thousands spectators on the streets and 27,000 runners, so we got off lightly.

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Finding UK and Irish survivors

There are sites to help find the 374 British and 108 Irish runners that were expected to have taken part in the Boston Marathon. There is also a phone number for concerned relatives to call from the UK: 00 1 617 635 4500.