Two shocked Kirk Hallam fundraisers have told the Advertiser that bloodshed caused by bombs at the finale of the Boston Marathon will not put them off running in this weekend’s London marathon.
Daniel Wyles and James Holding, both 24, said that the best way to pay tribute to the victims of the Boston tragedy is to run the race — despite the obvious fears that it too could be targeted.
Three people were killed and hundreds injured when two explosions rocked the American event on Monday.
James, who is running the London race for the first time on Sunday, said: “What happened in Boston obviously does make you think. But if anything, security in London will be even tighter now.
“If it was terrorists, then cancelling the race or people pulling out is what they would want. We have to just carry on.”
Daniel, who hopes to raise £1,500 for Prostate Cancer UK by taking part in the London race, added: “What happened in Boston is really tragic but I think the best tribute to the people affected is for other events to go ahead.
“Everyone there on Sunday will be thinking about what happened (in Boston) and the people who were killed or injured. But I’m confident that our police and security will make sure the event is safe and secure.”
Organisers of the London Marathon have reassured runners that security will be tight and are reviewing procedures ahead of the event.
James said: “I’ve had an email from Virgin and they’ve said that the event will be going ahead and security measures are in place.
“People have trained for months for this and put so much effort in and I can see both sides of the argument. I understand the people who say they are worried about it but the right thing to do is run the race.”
Daniel’s parents will be in the capital to watch and support him. He said: “I’m running this race for my dad who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. I’ve trained for months and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
“I watched a friend compete a few years back and I’ve been desperate to do it since then.
“I know what’s happened will alter the atmosphere but I think it will still be a great day.”
As the Advertiser went to press, the FBI and other US authorities were undertaking a huge investigation into the double explosion that killed and injured runners and spectators at the finish line of the world’s longest-running marathon in Boston.
To sponsor James visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/jamesholding88. To sponsor Daniel log on to www.virginmoneygiving.com/DanielWyles.
See next week’s Advertiser to find out how both runners get on.