Returning champ says he will not have security concerns when he lines up in the marathon on Sunday
Reigning champion Wilson Kipsang said athletes should not be nervous running in this Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon, just six days after bombs along the course of the Boston Marathon killed three people.
The Kenyan, who is among the favourites to beat a field of 36,000 around the capital on Sunday in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators, said: “When you are running and you are thinking something like that can happen, you can’t concentrate. We should have no fear during the race because security matters will be put in place and we will run feeling free.”
London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel gave further assurances today regarding security surrounding the race, stating that additional security checks would be in operation around the city.
Bitel said: “It’s about putting out the right numbers to send the right message. It’s not about budget, it’s not about the money. It’s about ensuring the police are able to do what they do every day here in London in making people feel safe and secure.
“London is one of the safest cities in the world. We saw last year at the Olympic Games the Metropolitan Police led in incredible security effort around the Games.”
Meanwhile, organisers confirmed today that they would be laying on pacemakers to reach 20 miles at 2:03:30 pace at the request of the elite athletes.
World record-holder Patrick Makau, who clocked 2:03:38 in Berlin in 2011, is among arguably the greatest men’s field ever assembled for a marathon.
See the April 18 edition of Athletics Weekly for our preview of the Virgin London Marathon.