Posted: 16th April 2013 by mockjogger in Viewing races



I was privileged to spend some time in the Boston area in January this year. It is a wonderful city with a vibrant culture and a proud history.

Like many others I was stunned by the news footage of the bombs detonated at the finish line. I’ve just finished my first race and I vividly recall the joy and pain of the finish. I can’t begin to imagine what these elite (and they are all elite in the Boston marathon) athletes must have experienced.

It took me back to my learning years during the troubles in Belfast in the 70s and early 80s, but my recollections from that time are that warnings were given and locations were vacated. In Belfast the bombers wanted disruption and publicity, but usually not to kill people.

So what is the point of this? Maybe we will find out in the fullness of time, but it seems so pointless right now.

I’m not a marathoner though I aspire to be one some day. But I know marathoners and I know Boston, and I can’t help believe that whoever decided to carry out this atrocity does not. They could not have targeted two more stoic groups. Marathoners will continue to run, and the people of Boston will continue to go about their lives.