‘We can’t let them win’ - runner vows to complete London Marathon in solidarity with Boston bomb victims

Luke Clark with his athletics hero Mo Farrah.
Luke Clark with his athletics hero Mo Farrah.

A Boston man has vowed to complete this weekend’s London Marathon - as a sign of solidarity to those runners affected by the blast in the USA.

At least three people were killed and 140 injured following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

But organisers of the London event have vowed to make sure their event goes ahead, hoping the 37,500 entrants will all take their place at the start line.

Among them will be former Boston Grammar School pupil Luke Clark.

He told The Standard: “(After the blast on Monday night) I didn’t really know what to do.

“But now the marathon is going ahead, I want to run it. Initially, my family didn’t think it would be a good idea.

“But after seeing the coverage of the London Marathon (with added security to make it as safe as possible) they’ve told me they realise it’s my decision.”

The FBI are currently leading the investigations into the explosions in the USA, which hasn’t been ruled out as a terrorist attack.

Now, Luke believes turning up will be a show of defiance – and solidarity to the Boston runners, if that was the case. He said: “If that was terrorism, we have to run to let these people know they can’t win.

“It’s sad what happened. Marathons are full of people doing their best to raise money for charities. They should be happy events.”

Luke, 27, is running his second marathon, after first completing the London course in 2009, and has set himself a sub-four-hour target.

The keen football fan has been training since October for the event and will raise funds for the Bobby Moore Fund.

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