Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Ran the Race - and Left Finish Line 20 Minutes before Explosions

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Ran the Race - and Left Finish Line 20 Minutes before Explosions

Article excerpt

TWO runners who jetted across the Atlantic to take part in the bomb-hit Boston Marathon have spoken of their relief after they narrowly escaped disaster.

Pals Tony Collier and Claire Northcote left the finish line area 20 minutes before two deadly bombs were detonated.

The pair are members of Styal Running Club and, speaking to the M.E.N. from the US, Tony revealed their horror and relief.

The 56-year-old, from Timperley, said: "We finished the race and left the area about 20 minutes before the bomb.

"I feel desperately sorry for the people who had gone to support their loved ones.

"It was about 200 yards from the finish line and just under the spectator stand.

"You have this incredible atmosphere and sense of achievement and elation, and the next thing you know is people have died."

Tony added that his wife, Tracey could have been among the spectators who bore the brunt of the blast.

"Thankfully, she wasn't anywhere near because she had come out to cheer us on at another part of the race but she could have been.

"Thousands of people had chosen that spot to cheer the runners on."

He also hit out at those responsible for the atrocity.

"We've got all these people taking part and raising money for charities, doing a leisure activity, and getting bombed for doing so.

"It was quite frightening last night. Everybody is in a complete state of shock. There has been a big increase in police presence and security. The race volunteers were amazing."

Claire and husband Richard Northcote, from Wilmslow, and Tony and Tracey were heading back to the hotel when they heard news of a blast.

Chartered accountant Tony, who has two children, Matthew, 29, and Stevie, 26, said the tragic event hadn't put him off running future marathons.

He said: "If you started worrying you wouldn't do anything." He has raised Pounds 2,000 for the Children's Adventure Farm Trust in Bollington.

Three other runners from Stockport took part and were on their way home last night. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.