London Marathon Offers Moment of Silence for Boston

And increased security

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 21, 2013 7:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – A defiant, festive mood prevailed today at the London Marathon despite concerns raised by the bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon six days ago. Thousands of runners offered tributes to those killed and injured in Boston on a glorious spring day in London. The race, the first major international marathon since the Boston attacks, began after a moment of silence for the victims in Boston, and many here wore black armbands as a sign of solidarity. "It means that runners are stronger than bombers," said Valerie Bloomfield, a 40-year-old participant from France.

Police said they planned to add 40% more officers and extra surveillance as a precautionary measure, but most runners in London said they weren't worried by the Boston bombings, and the impressive turnout of enthusiastic fans lining the routes showed the same spirit. One participant in the wheelchair race had even competed in Boston last week. Prince Harry, who mingled with spectators and presented awards, said it was "never an option" for him to cancel his appearance. "No one has changed any plans, volunteers, security, nothing has changed," he said. "Typically the British way." The men's race was won by Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede; the women's champion was Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo.

Volunteers in bright yellow get ready prior to the London Marathon in the Mall in London, Sunday, April  21, 2013.
Volunteers in bright yellow get ready prior to the London Marathon in the Mall in London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (Alastair Grant)
A runner wears a black ribbon in memory of the victims of Boston Marathon bombings starts the race during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
A runner wears a black ribbon in memory of the victims of Boston Marathon bombings starts the race during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (Sang Tan)
The elite women's marathon runners start their race during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
The elite women's marathon runners start their race during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (Sang Tan)
British police officers gather at the start at Blackheath during the London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
British police officers gather at the start at Blackheath during the London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (Sang Tan)
A member of staff wears a black ribbon in memory of Boston Marathon bombings during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
A member of staff wears a black ribbon in memory of Boston Marathon bombings during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (Sang Tan)
Runners wear  black ribbons in memory of the victims of Boston Marathon bombings start the race during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Runners wear black ribbons in memory of the victims of Boston Marathon bombings start the race during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (Sang Tan)
Mai Ito of Japan, left, Yoko Shibui of Japan, fourth left, and Remi Nakazato of Japan, right, start the elite women race during the London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Mai Ito of Japan, left, Yoko Shibui of Japan, fourth left, and Remi Nakazato of Japan, right, start the elite women race during the London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (Sang Tan)
British police officers make final checks in the Mall, prior to the beginning of the London Marathon near to the finish line for marathon is situated in London, Sunday, April  21, 2013.
British police officers make final checks in the Mall, prior to the beginning of the London Marathon near to the finish line for marathon is situated in London, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (Alastair Grant)
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