London Marathon Will Go Forward
Scotland Yard to review security plan
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The London Marathon will go on as planned this Sunday despite yesterday’s bombings in Boston, British sports officials said.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, U.K. Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said he was “absolutely confident” that the race, which runs from Blackheath in southeast London to the city’s center, could be held safely. “I think this is one of those incidents where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue and send a very clear message to those responsible,” he said.
With over 37,000 runners and 500,000 spectators expected to attend this year, including Olympic gold medalists Mo Farah and Stephen Kiprotich, London is one of the largest races of the marathon season, a fact that makes conducting security for it a challenge. According to The Guardian, the head of security for the event said that Scotland Yard would review its contingency plans as it received more information from U.S. law enforcement about suspects and the construction of the bombs.
Besides providing protection at Sunday’s race, London police will be coordinating security at former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday.