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UK marathoners hold moment of silence

Runners held a 30-second silence to honour the victims of the Boston bombings before setting off on the London Marathon on Sunday, under the watchful eyes of hundreds of extra police. Around 36,000 runners were taking part in the London race, the first in the World Marathon Majors series since two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, killed three people and wounded 176. London's Metropolitan Police Service almost doubled the number of officers sent out to secure the event, saying this was to reassure the public and not a response to a specific threat. The packed ranks of competitors bowed their heads and stood silently at the starting line, then clapped and cheered when a whistle marked the end of the tribute. Seconds later, the world's elite runners led off the race. Behind them came thousands of competitors chasing personal goals or raising money for charity, many running in fancy dress.

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