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Tuesday
Apr162013

Teen London Marathoner Starts Boston Twitter Campaign

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)(LONDON) -- Despite the bombing at Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon, leaving three dead and more than 170 injured, the London Marathon will proceed as scheduled Sunday.

Londoner Amelie Hunton, 18, will be participating in Sunday’s race, and she wants to make sure the people of Boston know the London runners are with them.

“I set up the campaign [@LONDON4BOSTON] for runners to acknowledge their bond beyond borders and support all those in Boston,” Hunton told ABC News.

Her hope is to get as many runners as possible to wear a green ribbon around their wrist as they complete the London Marathon Sunday.

The Twitter page Hunton created reads, “GREEN RIBBON DURING THE LONDON MARATHON in support of those in Boston who were killed, injured or just shocked and those who were denied a chance to finish.”

Hunton has been running since age 9, but this weekend’s race will be her first full marathon.

Since creating the Twitter page Tuesday, Hunton said she has already received a lot of support, both on Twitter and on the radio in England. She said she has been in contact with the organizers of the London Marathon in an attempt to get her green ribbon effort officially adopted.

About launching this grassroots effort, Hunton said, “I have not done anything like this before but was inspired to start this campaign after seeing the shocking images on the news last night.”

Representatives for the London Marathon have said the race will be issuing each runner a black ribbon to wear as a sign of “solidarity” with the people of Boston. There will also be a 30-second period of silence observed before the beginning of each of the three different starts Sunday.

Police in London were reviewing security plans for the London Marathon on Monday night.

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Tuesday
May082012

Paralyzed Woman Finishes London Marathon

CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages(LONDON) -- For five years, Claire Lomas hasn't been able to walk. She hasn't been able to feel her legs. Still, that hasn't stopped her. She was once a professional horse rider; her blond hair flowing underneath her white riding cap. But in 2007, a freak accident paralyzed her from the chest down.

She spent all her time in a wheelchair, at least until January. That's when she started walking again, thanks to a $75,000 bionic suit.

"It's amazing after five years of sitting down to be back on my feet," she said earlier this year, "and it's fully weight-bearing and I can walk in it as well."

Each time she steps forward, her suit hisses a sound not dissimilar to Robocop. The ReWalk and two canes support her, and the suit senses when she wants to walk and shifts her weight for her. But it's not easy. Each day, when she started, she could take only 30 steps. Every moment was a chore, and because she couldn't feel where she was standing, she always feared falling over.

But that didn't stop her, either. Lomas set out to walk 55,000 steps – or 26.2 miles. She set out to run the London Marathon. She started, alongside 35,000 runners, 16 days ago. On Tuesday, in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, she finished -- to the screams of thousands of fans who came out to support her.

"It's a moment I'm going to treasure for the rest of my life," she said in a nationally televised, live interview with the BBC after she crossed. "The support here has been – I didn't expect it here like this. I couldn't believe it when I turned up this morning in the taxi to start, and I thought it was just a busy day in London. Someone told me they're all there for me. I was like, no!"

But they all were there for her, inspired by her determination to finish the race, inspired by her becoming the first woman in a robotic suit to complete a marathon, inspired by her ability to, as she told ABC News on Tuesday, "just keep persevering."

Loman raised more than $100,000 for spinal cord research. 

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Monday
Apr232012

Prince William and Kate Middleton to Run London Marathon?

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- If you say it, they will run.

That was the approach taken by England's Prince Harry when he volunteered his older brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, to run next year's London Marathon while on live television.

The royal jester was greeting the nearly 40,000 runners who finished the London Marathon Sunday when he thought the field would benefit from the addition of two very high-profile runners.

"What's fantastic is my brother and his wife will be doing it next year," the prince told BBC's Sue Barker, during a live interview broadcast across the country.

"You've just said that live on air," Barker said, to which Harry replied, "He's going to have to do it now, isn't he?"

Harry, 27, attended the marathon in his role as Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.  He was presenting trophies to the winners of this year's race, Kenyans Mary Keitany and Wilson Kipsang, when he made the announcement.

The prince's comments set the Internet abuzz with visions of England's most-photographed and sought-after couple running for 26.2 miles around the country's capital city, but his statement was chalked up to another one of the colorful prince's colorful asides.

According to the BBC, a Clarence House spokesman said the royal couple -- William, 29, and Middleton, 30, --  had no plans to enter the race, and that Harry's comments "were said in jest."

As for the big talker himself, Harry also had a quick-witted response as to why he himself had not yet run the marathon.

"I have been trying to get myself a place for years. I can't get myself a place. What do you have to do?" he said.

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