This week has been really strange. It’s the build up to the London Marathon, the route of which practically passes my front door. Having run it last year and experienced overwhelming support from the crowds, I couldn’t be more excited to get out there this Sunday and support the 40,000 or so runners who will take part in the event this year.
But the build up to this event has been overshadowed by the appalling events in Boston on Monday. I watched in disbelief and shock as the news of the bombings emerged on Monday night. I’ve struggled to find the words to write about it to be honest. Many others have been more eloquent than I ever could be on the subject. These posts from Views from the Third Wave and Duns on the Run in particular articulate my feelings better than I can myself.
I’ve learned over the last couple of years that the running community is pretty amazing. The attack on Boston has affected us all and I’ve been feeling all week that I wanted to ‘do’ something to show my solidarity with all those affected. Pavement Runner a runner based in San Francisco has started a movement BostonStrong<City> to host runs in different cities on Monday 22 April to demonstrate the running community’s support to Boston, one week on from the tragic events.
A run for us to unite and show our strength.
A run for those that were unable to finish.
A run for those that may never run again.
A run for us to try and make sense of the tragedy that has forever changed something we love.
I’m really pleased that PT Mollie has stepped up to lead #BostonStrongLondon and I will absolutely be joining her on Monday evening for a 5K in Hyde Park.
Date: 22nd April 2013
Place: Hyde Park Corner – meeting at Apsley Gates
Distance : 3 miles /5km
You can RSVP on Facebook or please just turn up and join us – we’ll be the group in blue and yellow.