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Local photographer shares sentiments at London marathon

Wilmington Island Photographer Vince Becker in London Wilmington Island Photographer Vince Becker in London
The finish line at the London marathon The finish line at the London marathon

One of our neighbors was in London this weekend for the marathon and was in Boston last Monday. He photographs marathons and now news and history.  Vince Becker says runners and spectators weren't going to let the specter of terrorism dampen the mood.

Just before the start of the London marathon a wave a silence fell over the 36-thousand competitors. Wilmington Island Photographer Vince Becker, who spoke to us via Facetime traveled to London to capture the moment when these competitors cross the finish line, a feat many others in Boston never had to the chance to accomplish

"People are excited, they are not being coward by the events that happened in Boston," said Becker. "They are respectful of it."

A sea of black ribbons worn near the hearts of the runners served as a reminder of the lives lost at the Boston marathon.

'In the media center they were handing out these ribbons," said Becker. "There are a lot of folks that have that black ribbon on their running gear."

Becker shows us the runners as they cross the finish line, many donning costumes and smiles.

"It's doubly important for folks to show that we are resilient and we can work past all that happened at Boston and show as a people we can overcome this kind of stuff," said Becker.

U.K. authorities also ramped up security along the 26-mile course and removed trash cans near the finish line to ease any fears people may have due to the tragic events that unfolded in Boston.

"The security was present but not intrusive," said Becker. "Very effective in my mind. It impressed a lot of folks I work with, how seamless it was. You pulled in, they did the job and things moved along. I think people felt really safe here today."

As the race finished near the Buckingham palace, many crossed the line with their hand over their hearts in a show of solidarity with those in Boston.

London marathon organizers set up a fund for Boston marathon bombing victims. They're donating about $3 for each of the 35,000 runners crossing the finish line.

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