Castleford runner in Boston bomb horror

Christine McCarthy
Christine McCarthy

A veteran marathon runner from Castleford crossed the finish line minutes before two explosions ripped through the streets of Boston yesterday.

Christine McCarthy, 52, of Holywell Lane, was one of 347 British runners taking part in the world’s oldest marathon when two blasts shook the city centre, claiming the lives of three people and injuring more than 140.

Mrs McCarthy, a member of Pontefract Athletics Club, completed the race 40 minutes before the first explosion ripped through the finish line on Boylston Street at 14.50 local time.

Cyril Jones, chairman of the club, told the Express the international marathon runner sent a text to her training partner saying she was unharmed before police shut down mobile phone service in the area.

Mr Jones said: “One of my colleagues had a text from her after the race to say she was fine, but all cell phones have been closed down as a security measure.

“Apart from that message, we haven’t been able to make any further contact, but she’s OK and that’s good news.”

Mr Jones said Mrs McCarthy, who flew to Boston last Friday for the race, finished the event in three hours and 27 minutes.

The sportswoman, who was fifth in the 2010 marathon UK rankings for women over 50, has also competed in races in Chicago, New York and Berlin.