Runner collapsed at mile 26

Does anyone have any news?

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22/04/2012 at 21:02

Ok...great day at VLM but sadly i passed a runner being given heart massage just be military barracks by mile 26 at Buck Palace.

Does anyone know how they are?

22/04/2012 at 21:05
Sky news are reporting a death of a 30 yo female FF :0(
Edited: 22/04/2012 at 21:06
22/04/2012 at 21:05
A 30 year old woman collapsed on Birdcage Walk and died later according to a Virgin LM press release just issued.
22/04/2012 at 21:07

Ah shit..thanks HC.

22/04/2012 at 21:12
horrible news, all the online papers are reporting it
22/04/2012 at 21:16

It'snot unique - I've done two half maras in the last couple of years were someone has collapsed and died at or near the finish.

22/04/2012 at 22:01

It is incredibly sad.  So young and so suddenly.

My thoughts go out to her family and friends.


22/04/2012 at 23:15
She is my friend's sister.  I'm absolutely devastated for the family.  If the family want anymore details Flat Foo.ted would you be able to help?  I don't think they have been told much yet.
22/04/2012 at 23:29
Do you know what time it was when you saw her?
23/04/2012 at 07:18
I think it must have been around 1:45 to 2pm going by what time my family had said, ie about 25 minutes before I passed that point.

The VLM facebook page announced the news yesterday and there are hundreds of peoples well wishes cathy, little consolation for her family but may help a little to know so many are thinking of them.
23/04/2012 at 07:53
Cathy, please feel free to contact me via the direct message section at the bottom of each post.
23/04/2012 at 11:35
Thank you.  I really appreciate it. 
23/04/2012 at 11:42


Can you assure us you're genuine and not chasing a story? 

I would be very surprised  if the family aren't being given the fullest possible information possible by the authorities 

23/04/2012 at 11:43
Cathy Walsh 3 wrote (see)
She is my friend's sister.  I'm absolutely devastated for the family.  If the family want anymore details Flat Foo.ted would you be able to help?  I don't think they have been told much yet.

Oh how awful, so sorry to hear that
23/04/2012 at 12:08

Perhaps the dead lady's family have been given as much info as there is at the moment.

To determine the cause of death often requires a post mortem, which takes time.

23/04/2012 at 12:34

florian, I don't know how you want me to prove that I'm genuine.  And to be honest I am sickened that you are even accusing me of chasing a story.  I know there are people who do that sort of thing, but not me..

 I'm sure the family will get all the information there is from the authorities.  I just wanted them to be able to contact someone if they felt they needed to, who saw Claire in her final moments.  I know how comforting any pieces of information like this are when someone dies in tragic circumstances. 

 To be honest florain, I wish you'd kept your opinions to yourself.  You've made a perfectly innocent post into something it's not and made a difficult time, so much worse.

23/04/2012 at 12:39
Fine in which case I apologise.  But I have seen a lot of people sign up to forums like this to chase details which help them construct a story beyond the offical public line.  You have only posted on this topic, so I was suspicious. 
23/04/2012 at 12:41

Apology accepted.

 I understand what you mean.  But that is not my intentions. x

23/04/2012 at 14:28

Hi Cathy,

I can fully understand your friend's family's need to try to get an idea of what happened and Claire's final moments.  While it may not take any of the pain away, I can still see why they would feel the urge to know as much as possible from official sources as well as any official ones that one could identify.

I don't know if you have considered looking at her Just Giving page?

Some of the donations came from people who witnessed her being given treatment following her collapse.

Maybe a tiny bit of comfort or pride for the family also, that Claire's target of £500 for the Samaritans now stands at in excess of £21k worth of donations.

Look after your friend. x

[edited to include link]

Edited: 23/04/2012 at 14:29
23/04/2012 at 14:32
A thought for those that tried so hard to save her. It cannot be very good for them today either. They were probably volunteers and did't in their wildest dreams think their day would turn out like that..
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