Just to say , from our hearts " Boston , we love you and we are standing with you !"
The annual London Marathon took place yesterday , 21st April , 2013.
London Marathon 2013 wore a different look this year because people , the organisers , runners and spectators , were determined to make i this London Marathon a bigger event than those of the previous years as a show of support for the victims of the Boston bombing in USA last week .
.Runners wore black ribbons and there was a 30 seconds silence to honour the victims of the Boston bombing.
As at the end of the day , £ 70,000 was raised for the Boston victims. More donations are expected to flood in later.
Under the blazing sunshine , hundreds of thousands of people were present to enjoy the Marathon festive atmosphere either as runners or spectators .
There was a higher turn out this year as a show of SUPPORT and SOLIDARITY from London to Boston USA where bombs planted by terrorists killed three people and injured several hundreds, the previous week , .at the finishing line of Boston , USA Marathon ,
I did not run in the Marathon this year . I was present as a spectator to cheer my running buddies and was there to join others to declare to those who think they could use violence and fear to intimidate and terrorise the world ; that they have failed to do so .
What type of human beings would think of planting bombs to kill and maim innocent members of the public; spectators and marathoners in Boston?
Innocent people who were trying to raise funds to make life better for thousands of people , worldwide ?
Terrorists are attention-seekers who depend on the oxygen of publicity and their weapon is FEAR .
Their modus operandi is to kill and maim as many people as they could ; as a message of terror to the rest of he world ; in order to make people to tremble before them and to accept whatever message the terrorists want to peddle..
The only way to defeat terrorists and other attention-seeking cowards and bullies is to stand up to them.
Cowering in fear before terrorists or going into hiding from them , compromising with them , trying to dialogue with them , to appeal to their humanity and trying to placate them are tactics which have not worked and will not work when dealing with with terrorists .
Look them in the face and declare , " We say NO ! We are not terrified of you ! You cannot succeed in your mission to intimidate us and force us to accept your belief system and way of life! !"
That , exactly, was what the participants at the London Marathon said to all TERRORISTS yesterday !
Remarkably , there were present from the USA , runners who took part in the Boston Marathon were the terrorists bombing took place.
Prince Harry greeting spectators and runners
Sir Richard Branson , Sponsor of the Marathon greeting spectators
Laying out adequate Security was a key feature of the event
Runners taking a breather at Canary wharf
Missing girl - Madeline McCann's mother , showing her medal at the finishing line.
Runners at Canary Wharf
Very ingenious! Surprise Marriage Proposal on the tracks
WILL YOU MARRY ME ?!
A day out in London is incomplete without seeing the tourist sights .
AND , . yes, you guessed right , hit the shops, chill out , SHOPPING!
The day was action- packed day of lots of fun , fun , fun and lots of laughter !
There were thousands of funny, colourful and unusual costumes worn by the various fund raisers.
Oh dear !
At Tower Bridge
Mo Farah - lacing up .