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Virgin London Marathon statement on the explosions at the Boston Marathon

15 April 2013

Nick Bitel, London Marathon Chief Executive, said:

"We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news from Boston. Our immediate thoughts are with the people there and their families. It is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends and colleagues in marathon running.

"Our security plan is developed jointly with the Metropolitan Police and we were in contact with them as soon as we heard the news."

Met Police Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry said:

"A security plan is in place for the London Marathon. We will be reviewing our security arrangements in partnership with London Marathon."

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The 2013 Virgin London Marathon takes place on Sunday 21 April.