Tributes pour in for woman who died during London Marathon

Claire Squires, 30 Photo: ITV Central News

Tributes and donations have poured in for a woman who died near the London Marathon finishing line yesterday.

Claire Squires, who was running for the Samaritans, collapsed on the final stretch of the 26.2 mile course, she was given medical attention but died at the scene.

People have visited Ms Squires' JustGiving page to leave tributes to the 30-year-old.

"Claire - May you see the goodwork you have achieved from your place of peaceful rest."

– – SEAN O'REILLY

CLAIRE, I DIDN'T KNOW YOU BUT LIKE SO MANY OTHERS I AM HEARTBROKEN BY YOUR STORY. LIFE IS SO UNFAIR! MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

– BETH FLETCHER
Claire was a keen fundraiser Credit: ITV Central News

She has raised close to £55,000 from donations on her JustGiving page where she left this message:

"As you know i (sic) am running the london marathon it was just going to be for fun. but its a fab opportunity to raise money for my charity the samaritans if everyone i know could donate £5.00 that would be a great help and change lives."

Tests will be carried out to establish how Ms Squires died in the coming days.

The organisers of the London Marathon released a statement sending their "condolences" to Ms Squires friends and family.

"The organisers of the Virgin London Marathon would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

We would like to emphasise that our immediate concern is for the family of the deceased. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them at this difficult time."