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London Marathon observes silence for Boston victims

The London Marathon got under way on Sunday after marking a 30-second period of silence to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. Elite and fun-runners alike, wearing black ribbons, stood in silence at the start line before setting off at 10:00 am (0900 GMT). The 35,000-odd runners halted their last-minute warm-up routines and stood still in the sunshine in Greenwich Park, many closing their eyes.

London Marathon observes silence for Boston victims

The London Marathon got under way on Sunday after marking a 30-second period of silence to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. Elite competitors and fun-runners alike, wearing black ribbons, stood in silence at the start line before setting off at 10:00 am (0900 GMT). The 35,000 runners halted their last-minute warm-up routines and stood still in the sunshine in Greenwich Park, many closing their eyes.

London Marathon observes silence for Boston victims

The London Marathon got under way on Sunday after marking a 30-second period of silence to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. Elite and fun-runners alike, wearing black ribbons, stood in silence at the start line before setting off at 10:00 am (0900 GMT). "We will join together in silence to remember our friends and colleagues for whom a day of joy turned into a day of sadness," the 35,000-odd runners were told over the public address system. rjm/gd

Runners brave rain to join Bethlehem's first marathon

Hundreds of athletes on Sunday braved freezing rain to take part in Bethlehem's first ever marathon which started at the Nativity Church and ran through refugee camps. More than 400 runners signed up to take part in the race, which began at 8:00 am (0500 GMT) as the West Bank town was buffeted by cold winds and an unseasonal downpour. About 100 of the runners, both Palestinians and foreigners, were taking part in the full 42.2-kilometre race (26 miles), while another 150 joined the half marathon, organisers told AFP.

Athletics: Nagano Marathon ends without incident

Japan's Nagano Marathon passed off without major incident on Sunday less than a week after twin blasts at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded about 180. "We closed the... gate at 13:30 pm (0430 GMT) without any significant troubles," a member of the organising team told AFP. Organisers had said more than 650 police and security officers would be involved but this number was unchanged by events in the United States last Monday.

AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory

Duty Editor: Jitendra Joshi Tel: +852 2829 6211 -- TOP STORIES -- + Boston bomb suspect 'serious but stable' + China quake rescuers dig through rubble + US to double aid to opposition in Syria + Mass protest in Paris over gay marriage US-attacks,update-WRAP BOSTON, Massachusetts Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in serious condition in a Boston hospital, unable to meet interrogators' urgent need for answers about the devastating attack, officials say.

Big crowds, black ribbons for Boston at London Marathon

By Estelle Shirbon and Dasha Afanasieva LONDON (Reuters) - Undaunted by the Boston Marathon bombings, big crowds lined the route of London's mass road race on Sunday to cheer on around 36,000 runners, many of whom wore black ribbons to honour the dead and wounded. Hundreds of extra police were deployed to secure the first race in the World Marathon Majors series since two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday killed three people and wounded 176.

Athletics: No Hamburg marathon fears in wake of Boston

Hamburg Marathon organisers have said there are few security fears for Sunday's race, only plenty of solidarity for the victims of the Boston Marathon bomb blast. Some 15,000 runners are registered to run and a minute's silence will be held before hand for the three people killed and 180 injured in Monday's bomb blast. "In recent years, we've already had a very high level of security with more than 400 officers deployed," marathon organiser Frank Thaleiser told SID, an AFP subsidiary, with the race to start at 0900 local time (0700GMT).

Hundreds more police for London Marathon after US attack

Police are deploying "several hundred" more officers to secure this weekend's London Marathon in the wake of the bombings at the Boston race, Scotland Yard said on Friday. Although there is no suggestion of a link between the US attack and the London race on Sunday, police said more search dogs would also be used to reassure the public. "I have increased the number of officers for reassurance patrols by several hundred," Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry said. "It's about making sure that people who come to London on Sunday feel safe when they are in the city.

London lays on 40 percent more police for marathon

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is increasing police numbers by 40 percent for Sunday's London marathon as part of an effort to reassure competitors and spectators after bombs devastated the Boston race on Monday. One suspect in the Boston bombing was killed in a city suburb on Friday and a manhunt was underway for a second suspect.
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