However everyone was determined to show their solidarity with the runners and volunteers involved with this year’s Boston Marathon after the bombs that took the lives of 3 people and seriously injured another 176 people.
As well as all the elite runners, wheelchair entrants and the huge number of charity runners there were also plenty of celebrities who ran today, all of them showing their support for the city of Boston as well as helping raise plenty of money and raise the profile of a number of different charities.
Classical singer and Dancing With The Stars contestant Katherine Jenkins was running today in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support who helped her family when her late father Selwyn was suffering from lung cancer.Katherine later revealed that she had raised in excess of £22k for the charity after finishing the race in a time of 5h 26m.
Former TOWIE star Amy Childs was also running today and her run of 5h 47m helped raise money for her chosen charity of The British Heart Foundation. Amy looked pretty nervous before she started her race today and was accompanied all the way round the course by her boyfriend David Peters.
There was another celebrity dancing link with former Strictly Come Dancing winner and McFly drummer Harry Judd taking part. He opted to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust as when he was growing up his best friend suffered from cancer in his teens. He was also raising money for Eyes Alight on behalf of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. This charity is also close to Harry’s heart as his brother-in-law received much assistance when he suffered a brain injury after a nasty car accident.
From the world of fashion there was Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway and his daughter Tilly who were both running for Oxfam and also lingerie model Sophie Anderton who was raising money for The Children;s Trust in Tadworth.
As you would expect there were many representatives form the world of sport including former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss (The Lord’s Taverners), former sprinter Iwan Thomas (Macmillan Cancer), double gold medal winning rower Steve Williams (Sports Aid) and former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton (Age UK).
Another little celebrity group came from the world of television presenting with Sophie Raworth (The Prince’s Trust), Susanna Reid (Comic Relief) and Naga Munchetty (United Response) all taking time off from their normal BBC jobs to take part in the race.
Well done to all 36k runners who took part today and helped increase the money raised for charity since the first London Marathon was run in 1981 to over half a billion pounds.