Culture Secretary: London ready to hold safe marathon

London is ready to host a safe marathon in the wake of bombings at the Boston event, Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs.

Ms Miller said the 2012 Olympics and years of experience demonstrated that the Metropolitan Police and other security services have an excellent record at ensuring sporting events on the streets of the capital are safe.

Runners head to the finish line at last year's London Marathon. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Culture Secretary said, "You will know from London 2012 last year, this country has a great deal of experience of ensuring our sporting events go well and that security is at the heart of the planning process".

"The London Marathon is no different", she continued. "The Minister for Sport [Hugh Robertson] met with the mayor yesterday again to go through the plans to make sure ... that we have the right security procedures in place".

During a brief formal statement, she said, "I'm delighted this weekend's runners here in London, a number of whom are MPs... will be asked to wear a black ribbon as a sign of respect and solidarity. A period of silence will be observed before the race begins".