Havoc as two bombs explode at end of Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 0:11

Britons are feared to be among the injured following the explosions which rocked the Boston Marathon.

According to the event’s website, there are more than 25,000 registered entrants, 374 of whom are British.

The marathon is one of the world’s oldest and is held each year on Patriot’s Day.

UK Athletics said that none of their elite runners had taken part and added that Ross Murray, who ran Sunday’s one mile invitational, was “absolutely fine”.

Twenty-two-year-old Murray Tweeted: “Just so everyone knows, I’m ok and well, wasn’t around the bombs. Xx

“In the hotel, most seem ok but a few seem shaken up, witnessed a few very relieved families meeting up.”

Tatyana McFadden, who won three golds in the London Paralympics, won the women’s wheelchair race and later Tweeted: “I’m am okay my family and teammates are okay.

“Please please pray for those who were running and got hit by the bomb. Pray 4 family’s-friends.”

Runner Darren Foy, 40, from Southampton and his wife Sandra and their two children missed the explosions by just 30 minutes after he finished the marathon in three and half hours.

Speaking from the city, the chartered surveyor said: “We were on our way home when we heard something had happened and I was getting messages like ‘are you Ok?’ which I never get. It’s all quite shocking really.

“We got home and we looked at the BBC online and saw there had been explosions but we are OK because I finished in three and a half hours and we were on the bus when it happened.

“We are staying five miles outside and I’m not intending to go back into thecity for a few days.”

Mr Foy, who is chairman of the Lordshill Road Runners in Southampton and was competing in his fourth marathon, added: “There are reports here that the explosions came from a hotel at the finish line and I walked past there a few days ago to pick up my race number.

“It’s such a soft target. There are hundreds of thousands spectators on the streets and 27,000 runners, so we got off lightly.”

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