Defiant marathon runners say they are determined to compete in London despite a horrifying terror attack in Boston which killed at leastthree people.
After months of gruelling training runs in driving rain, snow and wind, the last thing those brave enough to tackle the 26.2 mile course want to do is pull out.
Two bombs brought carnage to the Boston Marathon’s finish line on Monday as the United States came under attack, but after seeing the shocking images of bloodied runners broadcast all over the world, competitors on the Fylde coast are still eager to take part in Sunday’s event
Paul Hallett, 28, of Belvere Avenue, South Shore, has vowed to run for his dad, David, who has pancreatic cancer.
He said: “The only way I would pull out is if I had a broken leg.
“It is worrying this has happened a week before a big event in my life that I’ve trained for. I’ve put my body through a lot of pain and stress, so to pull out at this late stage would be devastating.
“Some people will decide not to do it but I’m doing it for a good cause and something might not even happen.”
Katie Palmer, 24, of Coronation Road, Lytham, says she will not let the events in Boston stop her. She said: “Nothing can stop me running on Sunday.
“I’ve done five and a half months of training and it’s going to take more than a bomb somewhere else to stop me - nothing is going to get in my way.
“It has made me upset and angry and I would hate for the London Marathon to be cancelled because of someone’s sick act.”
Det Con Insp Sue Cawley is also planning to run on Sunday. She added: “I think you just have to get on with it; you can’t let these people win.
“A lot of people will be there out of respect for the people who died or are seriously injured in Boston. You can’t give up.”
Shelly Woods, the St Annes athlete, will defend her title during the wheelchair marathon on Sunday.