As over 37,000 runners entered the final stages of preparation for the 33rd annual London Marathon this week, news of the tragic events at the Boston Marathon broke and we would like to say, from one marathon city to another, that our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrific incident.
The 2013 Virgin London Marathon will take place as planned on Sunday (April 21) and as a sign of respect, all runners will be encouraged to wear black ribbons which they will receive when they pick up their race numbers. Also, a 30-second silence will be observed before all three of the race starts.
In a statement, London Marathon Chief Executive, Nick Bitel, said: ‘We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news from Boston. Our immediate thoughts are with the people there and their families. It is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends and colleagues in marathon running… Our security plan is developed jointly with the Metropolitan Police and we were in contact with them as soon as we heard the news… We want to reassure our runners, spectators, volunteers and everyone connected with the event, that we are doing everything to ensure their safety and that the Virgin London Marathon 2013 is an outstanding success.’
The London Marathon is the world’s largest annual, one-day fundraising event and attracts runners and spectators from all over the world. The 26.2 mile course runs from Greenwich Park and finishes at The Mall with the full map available on our website. Jude Brosnan
If you want to offer some moral support check out our guide to the best spectator spots along the route.
For live TfL updates on getting around on the day see tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround