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Prince Harry will attend the London Marathon this weekend despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon

Prince Harry will attend the London Marathon this weekend despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon

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Prince Harry will attend the London Marathon this weekend despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon

PRINCE HARRY will attend the London Marathon this weekend despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Security for the major sporting event in the capital will be reviewed following yesterday's terror attack in the US which left at least three people dead.

But Harry, who is patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, will still will make the presentations to the winners of the various races including the elite men and women events.

The prince will also meet a selection of volunteers involved with the running of the annual event and members of the St John Ambulance.

A St James's Palace spokesman confirmed that the prince would be attending the marathon as planned but declined to comment further, he said: "As far as we're concerned there's nothing to suggest any change."

When asked about security arrangements he said that was a matter for the police and the organisers of the event.

When personal safety may be at risk the royal family follow the advice of the police and security officials.

Security for the London Marathon on Sunday will be reviewed following the explosions, Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry, the event commander for the race, said.

UK Sports minister Hugh Robertson told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme he was "absolutely confident" that the London event could be kept safe.

Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine was abducted in Portugal in 2007, was among many runners not deterred by the Boston bombings, declaring she would not live in fear.

She is an ambassador of Missing People and is aiming to raise £20,000 for the charity to mark its 20th anniversary.

"The news about bombings in Boston is just awful," said Mrs McCann.

"This sickening act is just incomprehensible and the loss of life, especially that of a young child, heart-breaking.

"But I feel strongly that you can't live in fear or you don't have a life.

"There are a lot more people who would suffer if we don't support the London Marathon because it is such a crucial fundraiser for thousands of charities.

"So I absolutely will be there and doing my best to get around to raise money vital funds for the charity Missing People."

Mrs McCann has struggled with a series of injuries.

She added: "It hasn't been easy but I am determined that I am going to do this.

"Although it is a gruelling distance, what will keep me going is that not only am I running for Madeleine, but every child who is missing, and missed by someone.

"Keeping their image in my head will keep me going and remind me why I am doing this."

Pop star Javine Hylton, 30, said she was determined to participate in Sunday's marathon despite waking up this morning anxious and thinking she could not take part.

Hylton, who appeared in ITV1's Popstars: The Rivals 2002, before embarking on a solo career with multiple top 20 UK singles, said: "You can't let people like that stop you from going on and doing great things."

Hylton, who has a four-year-old daughter called Angel, added: "What happened in Boston was shocking.

"Looking at my little girl sleeping and with all my family coming down from Coventry I thought 'There's no way I can do this'.

"That was my first thought, for our safety.

"But I am going to do it.

"I have trained so hard, it is important."

The former UK Eurovision Song Contest representative, who is running for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said once the run begins she will focus on finishing and ignore any safety worries.

"I'll just want to get to the finishing line and eat a Marathon bar and drink a pint of beer."

Former Coronation Street actress Nikki Sanderson, 29, also said she was undeterred by the Boston explosions.

The Hollyoaks actress said: "Due to this week's tragic events, I think most London marathon runners, including myself, will now not only be running for the charities they've been getting sponsorship for, but also in memory of all the people affected by the heart-breaking incident at the Boston marathon this week."

British designer and co-founder of Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway, 52, said he and his daughter Tilly, 26, had not thought for a second of dropping out of the event.

Mr Hemingway, who is running for Oxfam, said: "It was shocking to learn of what happened in Boston, you don't expect it at a celebratory event like that.

"Obviously the first thought was that it will affect what we're doing this weekend.

"But I am not one to think terrorism should stop your life and that's the whole point why they do it.

"It would be wrong to cow down to them because then they have won.

"Put faith in society and British security."

The actor Tony Audenshaw, 48, best known for his role as Bob Hope in Emmerdale, has three friends who ran at Boston and escaped unscathed.

The bombing reminded Audenshaw of running in New York after the Twin Towers were attacked.

Audenshaw, who will enter his 12th London Marathon on Sunday and 30th marathon in total, said: "I ran the New York Marathon two months after 9/11 and it was a strange atmosphere because of all the ramped up security and snipers on roofs.

"It can make a race feel strange and Sunday will feel different but don't let a few idiots get in the way of something that so many people have worked so hard to achieve.

"The way to beat these people is to celebrate your achievement and run, stick it to them that way."

Online Editors