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Sadly the 34th London Marathon held Sunday April 13, 2014, was marred by tragedy.
A 42-year-old man collapsed after crossing the finishing line and he later died in hospital. He was later named as Rob Berry. He was running to raise money for the National Osteoporosis Society.
A spokesman for Virgin Money, the race organisers, said: ‘The organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them at this difficult time.’
Mr Berry is not the first death directly linked to the marathon. He is the 12th runner to die in the London Marathon since 1990.
Claire Squires, 30, an apparently fit young woman died during the 2012 London Marathon. Claire had a diagnosed heart condition which she chose to ignore, wanting to enjoy an active life. Her irregular heartbeat was diagnosed but Claire loved keeping fit and continued to living life to the full, which included marathon running. It cost Claire her life.
I'm running the London Marathon in support of the National Osteoporosis Society for the support given to my mother who was diagnosed with Osteoporosis at the age of 52 but whose current condition (we found out later) was triggered from a lifting incident at the age of 47. Because of the stress on her lower back, two sets of bones in her lower spine collapsed. You can find out more about my mum by visiting Rob's website where you can also see how I am progressing with my training.
Please support me in this cause and donate generously. Thank you.
The page is now receiving many donations as news of Rob's death goes public. Use this link to access the page and donate.
The 2014 London marathon was a success apart from the sad death but there are also reports that a runner from Sierra Leone vanished after finishing in 205th place. The runner is named as Mami Konneh Lahun, 24, who was one of the London Marathon's elite runners.
She did not return to her temporary accommodation in Greenwich following the race. She is due to fly back home to Sierra Leone later Monday.
Known as the fastest female runner in her country did she, excuse the pun, simply run off following the marathon or is she the victim of a crime?