Running for Claire Squires

The friends of a 30-year-old hairdresser from Leicestershire who died during the London Marathon last year will be running the race in her memory today.

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Friends run Marathon Claire Squires never completed

30 year old hairdresser Claire Squires collapsed at the London Marathon 2012 Credit: PA

Fourteen friends of Claire Squires will run the marathon she never completed today.

It is the anniversary of Claire's death after she collapsed one mile from the finish in last years London Marathon.

Claire, from North Kilworth, near Market Harborough, raised more than £1millon after her death via her just giving page which is being donated to the charity Samaritans.

Scott Munton, Susie Munton, Penny Squires, Chris Bowes, Marcus Keirle Credit: ITV News Central

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"We're doing it for Claire"

Scott Munton, Susie Munton, Penny Squires, Chris Bowes, Marcus Keirle Credit: ITV News Central

Friends of Leicestershire marathon runner Claire Squires are preparing to leave Market Harborough for London to run the race she never got to complete.

Claire died a mile from the finish line in last year's London Marathon.

Her sister, Penny, will support fourteen runners who are competing to raise money for Claire's charity Squires Effect.

Claire's just giving page raised more than one million pounds for charity after her death in April 2012.

Friends race in runner's memory

Claire Squires died during the London Marathon last year

The friends of a 30-year-old hairdresser from Leicestershire who died during the London Marathon last year will be running the race in her memory this Sunday.

Claire Squires' Just Giving page raised more than £1million for charity after she collapsed just a mile from the finish line.

Her friends Lucy Marlow and Nicola Short are taking part in the Marathon along with twelve other people.

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Samaritans deliver statement on behalf of Squires family

Catherine Johnston, Chief Executive of the charity Samaritans speaking at Claire Squires' funeral.

She said: “This is a very difficult time for everyone. The funeral service was very moving and all the family and friends here today are a testament to the wonderful woman that Claire was.

We are all incredibly proud of Claire, a person who always put others before herself.

“We would like to say thank you to the thousands of people who have kindly donated in Claire’s memory, we wish it was not under these heartbreaking circumstances. During this challenging time, Claire’s family has found comfort from the amazing reaction from the general public.

“The warmth shown to Claire’s family, friends and Samaritans has been extraordinary and Claire has touched the lives of thousands.

Samaritans is usually in the role of offering support to the nation, and we have been overwhelmed by the way in which the nation has chosen to support us."

Over 600 gathered for marathon runner funeral

More than 600 family and friends are thought to have arrived at the funeral.

Some 200 people packed into the church, which can seat 150, while more than 400 stood on the grass outside.

The Rev Emma Davies described Claire as a "truly beautiful" person who "sparkled".

We gather to remember Claire and to give great thanks to Claire who gave so much to so many people.

– THE REV EMMA DAVIES
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