London Prepares for Marathon in Wake of Boston Bombings
Following the bombings at last week’s Boston marathon there will be additional security at today’s London Marathon, however, the Chief Executive, Nick Bitel, said that he is sure the race will successfully bring people together.
In a news conference last week Bitel said, “One of the great things about the London Marathon is that it is perceived as being this event that brings people together. One of the founding principles of the London Marathon was to show that at least for one day, humanity can be united.”
After the bombings in Boston Bitel said that a full security review was carried out and extra resources have been brought in to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the race as well as additional security checks and extra police.
Bitel went on to say that “London is one of the safest cities in the world. We saw last year with the Olympic Games the Metropolitan Police led an incredible security effort around the Games.”
Prior to the start of the race today there will be a 30-second silence to mark the events in Boston. It is expected that over 36,000 runners will take part in the race.