Anorak | Claire Squires died at London Marathon with now banned drug in her system

Claire Squires died at London Marathon with now banned drug in her system

by | 30th, January 2013

WHY did Claire Squires die on the London Marathon? The tabloids turned her into a hero, cynically using her death to push their own papers  as forces of good. But while the papers grandstanded, £1million was raised in her memory for The Samaritans. Claire and her family did that. The papers just piggy-backed.

Now the coroner says the 30-year-old was found to have had traces of 1.3-dimethylamine (DMAA) in her system. The drug can be found in the energy supplement drink Jack3D. Claire Squires had dissolved some into her water bottle.

In 2012, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency banned DMAA. Anyone can buy Jack3D online, but it no longer contains the unlicensed substance. It’s banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Miss Squire’s partner, Simon van Herrewege, told media:

“The outcome of this inquest has left us feeling numb. Claire took part in the London Marathon to do some good and challenge herself, in the same way she did with many other events. Claire was passionately against the use of drugs and would never, ever, have taken anything that would have caused her harm or even worse risked her life. She innocently took a supplement which at the time was entirely legal, and widely available on the high-street, and somewhat worryingly, apparently used by so many others. It’s clear that there needs to be far better supervision of the so-called health foods and supplements industry so that no more tragedies like this happen again, causing other families to ever have to go through what we have been through this past year…

“Claire ended up getting a tub of this supplement Jack3D to give you a bit of an energy boost. It is a bit like caffeine. Claire never really got on with it. She never really liked it. She said she would take one scoop in her water bottle. She said that if, ‘I hit a bit of wall I will take it’.”

Coroner Dr Philip

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