Newcastle Runner Caught Up In Boston Blasts

16 April 2013, 15:12 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Craig Smith, a runner from Newcastle, has described how he avoided being caught up in the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.

Some 347 of the 25,000 taking part in the race were British and several told of the aftermath of the two blasts.

45 year old Craig Smith from Newcastle, who was competing in the race with a group of three other runners, told the Newcaste Chronicle that he was asked to leave a medical tent so people injured in the blasts could be treated.

He said:
"The whole area around the finish was in lockdown and I struggled to get my bag back.

We're all reflecting on how we could have been involved had we run faster or slower.

Boston is the best marathon in the world and what has happened is cynical and disgusting.''

Mr Smith completed the run in 3 hours 18 minutes.