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London puts best foot forward for marathon

RUNNERS from around the world came together in London to tackle the 26.2-mile marathon course and show solidarity to Boston.

40,000 competitors stood with their heads bowed at the start line in Greenwich Park for 30 seconds of silence, remembering those who lost their lives and limbs in the US. Many 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 killed three people and wounded 176.

Among the many famous faces taking part yesterday were mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, cricketer Andrew Strauss and Harry Judd from the band McFly. Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine has been missing for six years, took part to raise money for missing children.

Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede won the men's race, with Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya winning the women's.

Irish Independent