LONDON Marathon chiefs have confirmed plans to beef up security for Sunday’s race in a bid to reassure runners and spectators of their safety.
Event security has been at the top of the agenda in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, where three people were killed and 176 injured.
And with hundreds of thousands of people expected on the capital’s streets at the weekend extra measures have been committed to help ensure the race runs smoothly.
“We instigated a full security review and as a result of that we are putting up additional resources and taking every reasonable step to ensure the race is as safe and secure a possible,” said Nick Bitel, London Marathon chief executive.
“We conducted this review, and I won’t talk about the specific nature or numbers, but what we said is there are additional measures and additional security checks, some extra police and our own security resources will be deployed.
“One of the founding principles of the London Marathon was to show that at least for one day humanity can be united.”
A 30-second period of silence will be held ahead of the London Marathon at all three start zones
Runners have been asked by organisers to wear black ribbons, distributed upon registration
Finishers have been encouraged by a Twitter campaign to place their hand on their heart upon completion of the race