A BEARSDEN woman says she is determined to compete in this Sunday’s London Marathon in the wake of the Boston bombings – because she doesn’t want to let down all the people who have sponsored her.
Linda Sinclair (41) admitted to feelings of apprehension after learning of the terror attacks in America on Monday, at the end of the Boston Marathon.
Like thousands of runners at the London event she will wear a black arm band in tribute to those who were killed or injured in the bomb attacks.
The Clyde 1 news reporter, from Stockiemuir Avenue, said: “I am more concerned for my mum, auntie, sister and brother-in-law who are coming to London with me and will be cheering me on from the side-lines.”
Linda, a member of Maryhill Harriers, said: “This will be the first time I have done the London Marathon. There is always a great mix of camaraderie, competitiveness and relief at the end of a marathon, but I think the atmosphere will definitely be different on Sunday.
“There will be a lot more camaraderie between the runners and no doubt we will all be thinking of those runners from Boston.”
Despite the obvious danger of a copycat attack in London, Linda said: “I am determined to run the marathon as I have raised nearly £400 for the Cash for Kids charity.
“It’s about helping the estimated one in six kids in Glasgow and the West who go to bed hungry every night.
“I don’t wont to let all the people down who have sponsored me.
“It would also be a waste of the last three months of training.
“Running in January is no fun, but crossing the finishing line will make it all worthwhile.”
The former police officer is hoping to complete the marathon in under four hours and is the only runner from her club to take part.
She added: “I was lucky enough to have my name drawn from a hat. My running club, The Maryhill Harriers were allocated just one place.
“This is a golden opportunity to compete and I am determined to give it my best shot.
“I’m aiming for around four hours but as training hasn’t gone to plan, what with a couple of nasty colds, I will be happy to finish.”
Linda has taken part in three Loch Ness marathons.
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