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Leicestershire MP Nicky Morgan to run London Marathon as security reviewed

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Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan said she is still planning to run the London Marathon on Sunday. Officials said security for the event will be reviewed after two fatal explosions hit the Boston Marathon yesterday. Three people were killed and more than 100 injured by the blasts near the finish line of yesterday's US race. Speaking on BBC Two's Daily Politics programme, she said: "I mean it is just tragic. "I think that with a marathon everyone says the atmosphere will be amazing with lots of people at the finish line, waiting for their friends and family to finish, very excited. "That was completely ruined within a matter of seconds." She said she was looking forward to running on Sunday. "I think now Sunday will have a lot more poignancy for all those running," she added. She is running the marathon in aid of two charities: Rethink Mental Illness who help people to have a better quality of life, and Home-Start Charnwood, who train volunteers to offer support to young families in their homes. She has so far raised £1,401. Meanwhile, London Marathon runners across the UK have vowed not to let the explosions in Boston deter them from taking part in this weekend's race. Runners are being encouraged to place their hands over their hearts as they cross the finish line on Sunday. The explosions are being probed by the FBI in a "potential terrorist inquiry". Security arrangements for the London Marathon will be reviewed in light of the blasts, organisers say, but the race is set to go ahead. Runners have vowed to take part despite the tragedy, and a #handsoverhearts Twitter campaign has been launched to encourage runners to place their hands over their hearts as they cross the finish line on Sunday.

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