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London boosts police numbers for marathon

British police officers gather near the Mall in central London. > Britain is increasing police numbers by 40 per cent for Sunday’s London marathon. Photo: AP

Britain is increasing police numbers by 40 per cent for Sunday’s London marathon as part of an effort to reassure competitors and spectators after bombs devastated the Boston race on Monday.

Saturday, 20 April, 2013, 2:40pm

Talking points

Lew Mon-hung

Lew Mon-hung reports back to ICAC

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am

Boston bombings cast pall over London Marathon

Olympic star Mo Farah will compete in tomorrow's race. Photo: EPA

Tomorrow's London Marathon will take place amid a climate of heightened security and increased vigilance following the fatal bomb attacks that plunged the Boston Marathon in America into tragedy.

20 Apr 2013 - 5:26am

London Marathon to go ahead despite Boston blasts

British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Twitter that footage from the blasts was “shocking and horrific”. Photo: AFP

Race organisers said the London Marathon would go ahead on Sunday despite the death of at least two people in explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, but police said they would review security plans.

British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Twitter that footage from the blasts was “shocking and horrific”, and said that his thoughts were with those affected.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Discovery Bay couple to run London Marathon for eye cancer trust

Former eye cancer sufferer Toby Wyatt with his parents Julian and Alison, who are running the London Marathon. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A Hong Kong couple will take part in the Virgin London Marathon to raise funds and awareness for the charity that helped them when their son was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer.

7 Apr 2013 - 6:47am

Quit dragging your feet - give iconic event more soul

In my native Canada, there are only 49 cities with a population of more than 70,000 people, while Australia has a grand total of 25. Now imagine the entire population of Medicine Hat, Alberta, or Bundaberg, Queensland, running though the streets of those cities all at once and you get an idea of the absolute mass of humanity that grips Hong Kong.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Runner collapses and dies after finishing race

A 26-year-old male runner collapsed and later died in hospital after competing in the half-marathon race yesterday, casting a pall over the city's biggest participatory sporting event.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

70,000 reasons to upgrade marathon

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong marathon is developing into a world-class event alongside the Rugby Sevens and the international horse races. What sets it apart is the number of people running rather than watching. Organisers raised the maximum entry for next February's event by 5,000 to 70,000, but many still missed out.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

It's a race against time for marathon

Organisers of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon are appealing to the public to back moves to give the runners more time to finish. They are worried road closures lasting six hours will not be long enough for some of the record 70,000 participants to cross the line.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Alvin Sallay

When Pheidippides ran from the plains of Marathon to Athens in 490BC, carrying the news to his fellow citizens that the Persians had been defeated in battle, there was no one lining his route, cheering him on. History recounts that the poor fellow ran the entire distance without stopping, burst into the Senate to announce the welcome news, and promptly keeled over and died of exhaustion.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Easier run set for marathon

Organisers hope adjusted routes and four starting times instead of two for participants in the 10km race will ease congestion problems of last year

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon has undergone major changes that organisers hope will facilitate a smoother race next year.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am