LONDON — Beneath giant Union Jacks, workers assembled grandstands at the London Marathon finish on Saturday night. The action took place inside a secure zone that stretched from one end of the Mall to the other, basically from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. Thin, 6-foot-tall temporary fencing formed an outer perimeter, while thicker, waist-high metal barriers ran along the roadside. Security guards in fluorescent vests admitted only construction vehicles and credentialed staff. When the area is race-ready, it will be locked down until the runners arrive on Sunday.
Tom and Carole Fabian hope to be among the London Marathon finishers. The couple, who grew up in central Massachusetts and now split their time between Lynnfield and Port Charlotte, Fla., ran in last Monday’s Boston Marathon. Tom finished in 4 hours 1 minute 34 seconds, then walked to the family reunion area near the John Hancock building. That was where he stood when he heard and felt the two bombs explode. Carole was stopped at Cleveland Circle. As they approach the finish on the Mall on Sunday, they will be thinking about Boston and keeping their eyes open.