Skegness running clubs offer prayers for Boston Marathon bombing victims and vow terror ‘won’t stop us competing’ at London Marathon on Sunday

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Two Skegness running clubs have offered their thoughts and prayers for the victims and those involved in the tragedy that unfolded when two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in America on Monday.

At least three people were killed and 140 injured, some critically, when the incident took place about two hours after the winners had won the race.

Julie Hawkesford of The Skegness Coasters running club, who is set to take part in the London Marathon on Sunday said: “We were all really shocked and devastated as the story unfolded on television. The subject came up of the London Marathon and it won’t stop us competing but it’s such a tragedy that something like this has happed at an event which is designed to bring everyone together. You train so hard and it is supposed to be a day of joy,”

And Carol Silverwood of The Savona Striders, echoed Julie’s thoughts, saying the Striders’ thoughts were with those victims and runners but wished all luck for Sunday.

“We would also like to wish everyone luck for Sunday,” Carol said.

The Boston Marathon was said to have had about 23,000 runners and was watched by hundreds of thousands of spectators. In the run up to the London Marathon on Sunday, UK police have been reviewing security.