Donations to dead marathon runner keep going up

  • 25 April 2012
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Over £680,000 has been donated for a London Marathon runner who died.

Hairdresser Claire Squires, from Leicestershire, collapsed near the finish line on Sunday.

On race day, she'd raised £400 for her charity the Samaritans. But around 60,000 people have donated to her online fundraising page since her death.

The money will go into a tribute fund and be put towards projects that were important to her.

Many people have left tributes on Claire's page and some donations have come in from other marathon runners.

Her friend Nicola Short said: "Claire is an inspiration to us all. She brought laughter and love to everyone's life. She will be sorely missed by all."

Deaths at the London Marathon are very rare. Claire is only the 11th runner to die since the event began in 1981. It's not yet clear what caused her death.