The London marathon will go ahead as planned this weekend, despite the Boston bombings, after organisers consulted police and authorities.
Britain’s sports minister, Hugh Roberston, said he was confident of security arrangements for the event and encouraged people to attend as a show of solidarity.
“In security terms we are as confident as we possibly can be that we can deliver a safe and secure marathon,” Robertson told the BBC. “This is one of those instances where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue. We won’t be cowed by this sort of behaviour.”
The Boston Marathon on Monday was rocked by two bombs which blasted shrapnel at knee level near the finish line. Three people were killed and 174 were injured, several of those requiring amputation of lower limbs.
The London Marathon route, traditionally lined by hundreds of thousands of onlookers, starts in Blackheath and finishes near Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry, who is patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, will still make the presentations to the winners.
Top photo of the 2012 London race from The Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre’s flickr photostream.