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Somerset reaction to Boston Marathon explosions
Updated 5:32pm Tuesday 16th April 2013 in Somerset
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- Three people killed after two explosions near finish line.
- 17 more people critically injured.
- Somerset running clubs give their reaction.
- Runners vow to still run London Marathon.
MIKE Nicholls, president of Taunton Running Forever Running Club, said the club is "grateful" it had no runners competing in Boston.
He said: "My reaction was the same as anybody else’s – why did they do it? It doesn’t matter what the event is.
"We’re just grateful we had nobody over there."
Mr Nicholls confirmed some runners were due to take part in London on Sunday.
QUANTOCK Harriers have eight people competing in the London Marathon and runner Steve Selby, 48, from Huntworth near North Petherton, said he is also going to take on the Boston Marathon next year.
He said: “I am still going to run it but I think my partner will probably not want me to run it.
“I always say you have got to continue no matter what.”
Mr Selby is running the London Marathon with his partner Leah Jones, 44, this Sunday.
Also running from Quantock Harriers is Jerome Timbrell, 41, from Spaxton, who described Monday's events as shocking and concerning.
He said: “My initial thoughts were just shock and concern but we have had an email to say the London Marathon will go ahead and our supporters are all coming.”
A CHARD runner has said that he will NOT be put off from running in Sunday’s London Marathon – despite the suspected terrorist bomb attack which devastated the Boston event in the US on Monday.
Richard Clifton, of Chard Road Runners, who will be among a number of local people lining up for the London Marathon, said: “I hope that no runners will be put off running in London on Sunday and although it would be understandable if they did choose not to, it would be giving in.
“We need to run for all the training we have put in, run for the millions of pounds the charities will get and run for the people in Boston who have suffered so terribly.”
Richard will be raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association on Sunday in memory of his mother who died from the disease in 2002.
Anyone wanting to sponsor him can do so by clicking here.
Richard is pictured winning this year’s Slay the Dragon 10k at Hinton St George.
BURNHAM Harriers secretary Brian Beale said their three runners, who include Jason Vickers, Sue Nicholls and Alison Salvador will also be taking part in the London Marathon despite the Boston Marathon explosions.
Mr Beale added: “I think it is terrible that a marathon has been targeted. It is a soft target because it is very difficult to have security all the way around but it very upsetting.
“People should still support the event because that is the best answer to go for it and say 'you are not going to mess our event up'.”
LIVE updates from the Press Association on the Boston Marathon bombings:
SIMON Booth, founder of Wellington Weavers Running Club, says the club had no participants in Boston but some plan to run the London race.
Giving his reaction this morning (April 16), he said: "It’s tragic and a shock. It’s the first time I can remember a running event such as this being targeted.
"It’s like whoever is behind it is saying ‘look, we can get you whenever we want.’"
He added: "We’ve got some going to do London, one that I know of for definite, and they’re going to have to increase security. We have no idea what goes on behind the scenes.
"I don’t think our runners will be deterred and I think if it were me I don’t know what I would do. I would be more worried about the people coming to watch."
JASON Vickers, 44, from Burnham, is one of three runners from Burnham Harriers taking part in Sunday's London Marathon.
He is targeting a time of four hours and 15 minutes and said he will be running despite the explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday (April 15).
He added: "I am just shocked it happened at such a big event.
"I think London will be ok and I hope people are not put off going or running.
"I just feel for the families and the runners who got hurt."
PLENTY of people have already been letting us know whether they have been put off either running or attending the London Marathon on Sunday.
SOMERSET running clubs and people due to run the London Marathon at the weekend give their reaction to the Boston Marathon explosions which have killed three people.
Two explosions went off close to the finish line, leaving 17 critically injured.
According to the official race website, 347 of the 25,000 runners taking part in the race were British.
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