Relief as runner unharmed in Boston bombs

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THE family of Lothian Running Club member Shona Young were relieved to hear she was safe and well after running the Boston Marathon.

On Monday evening, friends heard that Shona, from Broxburn, and her mother who was there to support her, were fine despite two bombs going off near to the finishing line of the race. Shona (46) had passed through the finish line in 3 hours 38 minutes, placing her 278th in the W45-49 category, almost half an hour before the blasts 
occurred.

Shona was among 23,181 runners who lined up for the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday morning. The world-famous race is held every Patriots’ Day, a holiday in Massachusetts commemorating the Revolutionary War.

The course is a point-to-point route ending in Copley Square in Boston.

The run takes athletes through Ashland, Framingham, Natick and Wellesley before heading into the Newton Hills, including Heartbreak Hill, with the finish line in Boston.

*Representing Linlithgow this week, at the Balloch to Clydebank half marathon, and representing the club was Charly Fortune.

At the time of writing the official results were not out.

However, by recording a very respectable unofficial time of 1:26:59, Charly was one of the leading females at the event.

*There was a large turnout at Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Edinburgh, with runners refusing to 
allow their spirits to be dampened by the weather.

Mark Anderson returned a time of 1:44:27, with Jennifer Buckle Newton (1:56:24) and Hilary Stocks (1:57:17) not far behind.

*At Strathclyde parkrun David Marshall was fifth in 18:10 (personal best) with Alison Marshall 91st (14th female) in 25:38. Andrew Fischbacher ran at the Edinburgh event and 
finished 16th in 18:00.