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Claire Squires death at the London Marathon becomes a spectator sport

by | 24th, April 2012

NO little shock at Claire Squires’ death at the London Marathon. The 30-year-old from North Kilworth, Leicestershire died on Birdcage Walk, not far from the finishing line. Her death is the tenth since the London Marathon began in 1981.

It is not yet know why she died.

Claire Squires is on the front pages of the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times .

Claire Squires was running for The Samaritans. Her mother Cilla has been involved with The Samaritans for 24 years.

So. Mrs Squires was a volunteer for the Samaritans well before her son died Claire Squires’ older brother Grant took heroin and anti-depressants before he died aged 25 in 2001; a fact repeated in all newspapers. Yet, the Mail  make the link and says Ms Squires’ run was a “legacy of love”.

Claire Squires’ parents have not spoken to the press. They have not asked people to give generously. The donations have been spontaneous. When she set off on the London Marathon, Claire Squires had  raised £635 from 32 people. (Anyone who thinks that is not all that much has never tried to get sponsors.) At the time of writing, she has raised £247,154.31

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