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 runners invited to wear black ribbons

The organisers of the London Marathon have confirmed that runners will be encouraged to wear a black ribbon at the start of Sunday's race to honour victims of the attack on the Boston Marathon. An email to runners this morning said:

As a show of solidarity with our Boston friends, we would also like you to wear a black ribbon at Sunday's race.

You will have the opportunity to collect this ribbon when you register at the Expo to pick up your race number.

The email also said that a 30-second silence will be observed at all three race starts and will be signalled by a whistle.

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