Steve, training earlier this year.

Local runner Steve Crick of Evingar Road, Whitchurch says the bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon this week will not discourage him from running this week’s London Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 150 injured by two blasts at the finish line of Monday’s US event.

“The recent events at the Boston marathon have been a complete shock, however as soon as I heard about what happened on Monday, it just made me more determined to go ahead with the race – a message of defiance to the terrorists.”

The 38,000 runners at this Sunday’s race will be asked to hold 30 seconds silence before the race in memory of those who died and were injured in Boston, and will also be wearing black ribbons as a show of solidarity with the victims.

For a good cause
Steve is aiming to raise money for ‘The Hampshire Autistic Society’, a local charity.
Steve added, “My wife Jennifer is a Special Needs teacher, who has has a lot of experience working with Autistic children so I know how important and valuable the charity’s work is”.
Their website is HERE.

Steve has been training for the run for over 13 weeks, and says
“Training for the London Marathon has been extremely hard, not helped by the never-ending winter, a hamstring tear six weeks ago, and a stomach bug last week ago, which resulted in me losing half a stone in weight.”

World’s largest marathon
The London Marathon is the world’s largest marathon and attracts over half a million spectators each year. The flat and fast course, starting in Blackheath and finishing in front of Buckingham Palace, takes in some of the capital’s top tourist sights including Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Big Ben and Parliament Square.

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