Petts Wood runner competed in Boston Marathon amid devastation of twin explosions

PUBLISHED: 10:33 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:23 16 April 2013

Martin Cunningham ran the Boston Marathon.

Martin Cunningham ran the Boston Marathon.


A Petts Wood runner competed in the Boston Marathon yesterday, where two explosions left at least three people dead and more than 100 injured.

Martin Cunningham, treasurer of the Petts Wood Runners, completed the run around 50 minutes before the twin blasts that are thought to have blown off the limbs of some spectators.

Worried friends and family had their minds put at ease after checking Twitter to see Martin had posted a picture of his medal after finishing in three hours and 16 minutes.

He commented: “I’m done and now can barely walk.”

The accountant later responded to concerned tweets, adding: “Thank you but we are shocked that such a wonderful day could be impacted by this horrific attack on the spectators / runners.”

John Gurney, secretary of Petts Wood Runners, said he was overcome with “panic” when he heard about the blasts - but won’t let the incident deter him and his runners from attending the London Marathon on Sunday.

He said: “Luckily enough we quickly saw the time at the finish line and knew he had come home earlier than that.

“He contacted us and said he and his wife were okay, so the panic was over quickly.

“It was terrible, you just wouldn’t believe it. We have lots of runners taking part in the London Marathon and it’s a bit worrying, but we won’t let that put us off.

“We will be there at Tower Bridge and St James’ Park on Sunday.”

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