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Claire Squires' Family Set Funeral Date For Runner Who Died At London Marathon

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Squires, a 30-year-old hairdresser, collapsed only one mile from the finish line
Squires, a 30-year-old hairdresser, collapsed only one mile from the finish line

Charity runner Claire Squires, who collapsed and died during the London Marathon, will be buried next week alongside her brother, the Church of England said.

Miss Squires, whose death resulted in an outpouring of generous donations in her name, will be buried on Wednesday at St Andrew's Church in the village of North Kilworth, Leicestershire, next to her brother Grant, who died in 2001, aged 25.

The coroner at the inquest into his death recorded an open verdict - it has been reported he was a drug user and was depressed after being involved in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.

When the 30-year-old started last Sunday's marathon, she had raised £500 for the Samaritans but today the figure was approaching £800,000 with more than 68,000 well-wishers donating on her JustGiving webpage.

Today Nicola Short said her friend's family was devastated but were drawing solace from the good wishes and kindness of the British public.

She told BBC Breakfast: "Obviously they are extremely devastated but they're together, they are a strong family and they are close, they have spent all week together round at Claire's mum and dad's house.

"Obviously the more money that's coming in is overwhelming but it is giving them a little bit of comfort to know she has managed to do such a great thing."

Miss Squires was the 11th participant to die since the event began in 1981, and collapsed in Birdcage Walk, near St James's Park, on the final stretch of the 26.2-mile course, with only one bend left before the finish line.

She was raising money for the Samaritans, for whom her mother Cilla had volunteered for more than 20 years.

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