Claire Squires' Boyfriend, Simon Van Herrewege, Speaks About Moment He Found Out She Was Dead

Claire Squires' Boyfriend: 'She Was Lying There... All We Could Do Was Hug Her'

The boyfriend of tragic marathon runner Claire Squires has spoken about the moment he found out that she had collapsed and died during the London Marathon.

Simon van Herrewege, a social carer in a nursing home, was stood alongside Squires' sister and her friends at the finish, waiting to cheer the 30-year-old hairdresser across the line.

Tragically, she never made it, dying 300 metres from the end near St James’ Park.

Van Herrewege eventually received a phone call, instructing him to go to a nearby hospital.

Speaking to The Sun, the 31-year-old said: “I thought she had twisted an ankle or something, and I ran and flagged down a taxi.”

When he got to the emergency room, medical staff informed him that Squires was dead.

I just couldn’t believe it,” he told the newspaper. “She was such a fit and vibrant person.”

Speaking of the last time he saw her, Simon said: “I gave her a kiss and said to her ‘I love you more than words can say’.

He added: “She smiled and then she was gone. She was woo-hooing with joy as she ran off. Everyone was looking at her. That was the last time I saw her alive.”

After Claire’s death, Simon and her sister Penny, 28, were taken to see her body.

She looked so beautiful. There was not a mark on her.”

Following news of her death, Claire’s Just Giving page was inundated with donations, collecting more than £1m for the Samaritans.


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