Torpoint runner Bev was 300 metres away from Boston explosions
A TORPOINT runner who was just 300 metres away from the Boston explosions has told of her “absolute disbelief” at the incident.
Bev Dowrick, who works in Torpoint and Saltash, had finished the US marathon on Monday just 20 minutes before the blasts.
At least three people were killed and more than 100 injured in the explosions near the finish line of the event.
Bev, a physiotherapist from Plymouth, who ran the marathon with her husband and another couple, has spoken of her shock.
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“Right now the four of us are veering between elation that we are safe, elation that we finished the marathon and absolute disbelief that we have been caught up in something like this and people have lost their lives,” she said.
Bev, of Plymstock road runners club, described her ordeal.
“I got a time of three hours 31 minutes. Unfortunately they could not find my bag on the bus so I was delayed by about 20 minutes,” she said.
“I then headed back towards the finish line to meet my husband and that is where it was - about 300 meters away.
“First you feel the explosion, then you hear the bang and then you obviously see the smoke. There were two explosions.
“Everyone just stood still. There was a sense of disbelief.”
London’s metropolitan police say security for Sunday's London Marathon will now be reviewed.
Sports writer for a Cornish Guardian sister paper, Mark Jenkin, also took part in the marathon but did not hear the explosion as he was already back at his hotel.
The North Devon Journal sports reporter, who did work experience at the Cornish Guardian’s sports desk, said he had crossed the finish line two hours before the explosions.
“It was 2.50pm when I got back to the hotel - almost the exact time the bombs went off,” he said.
“The people of the city put on a great race and it's such a tragedy this has happened."
"No one in the reception knew anything about it and I didn't hear an explosion but by the time I got to my room I could hear helicopters circling above and loads of sirens.
"Then I heard they were asking for blood donors so I walked across town to the Red Cross centre. But It turned out they couldn't accept blood from anyone who had lived in Britain for a certain period of time.
"It was a privilege to take part in such a historic race and it is sad that the 117th Boston Marathon will be remembered for the wrong reasons."