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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.

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Energy drink maker defends banned drug after runner's death

After an energy boosting drink was cited as contributing to the death of marathon runner Claire Squires, the company behind the drink have defended the active ingredient DMAA.

Claire died in April 2012 just a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon.

She had taken a drink containing DMAA with her. DMAA was banned in the UK in August 2012.

USPlabs sympathizes with the family of Ms. Squires for their tragic loss. We continue to stand by the safety of the dietary ingredient 1, 3 DMAA. The ingredient has been the subject of seven clinical trials supporting its safety when used as directed. These studies place 1,3 DMAA among the most studied dietary ingredients on the market.

– Ultra-Premium Supplements statement

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Full report: enhancement drugs contributed to Claire Squires's death

A coroner's court has today heard how a performance-enhancing drug did contribute to the death of a woman from Leicestershire, who collapsed close to the finish of the London marathon.

The family of Claire Squires, who was 30, say her loss has created a gaping hole in their lives.

The harmful drug was contained in a supplement called Jack3D which she added to her water bottle. It was legal at the time and widely available. The court heard Claire was completely unaware of its risks

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Family pay tribute to the marathon runner Claire Squires

The family of a Claire Squires, who died from acute heart failure during the London Marathon after taking a performance-enhancing drug, have paid tribute to her.

They spoke after a coroner's inquest ruled that extreme exertion complicated by DMAA - which has been banned in Britain since August 2012 - led to Ms Squires death.

Claire Squire's boyfriend Simon van Herrewege pictured with her sister and partner reads a statement Credit: ITV News

Ms Squires, 30, had aimed to raise £500 for The Samaritans but after her death donations to her JustGiving page totalled more than £1m.

Claire Squire collapsed near the finish of the London Marathon Credit: JustGiving.com

Banned drug 'played part in death of London marathon runner'

A pathologist at the Claire Squires inquest has told the coroner she died from acute heart failure complicated by the presence of the performance enhancing supplement DMAA.

The coroner at Southwark has also been told that DMAA is now a banned drug in this country since August 2012 .

Claire died in April 2012 just a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon.

Claire Squires inquest: 'Drink could have made her heart beat faster'

A consultant at the inquest into the death of 30-year-old Claire Squires who died while taking part in the London marathon says 'performance enhancing drink she took could have made her heart beat faster.'

The performance enhancing ingredient that was in her drink was DMAA.

Claire from North Kilworth in Leicestershire collapsed and died a mile from the finishing line in April last year.

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Inquest hears marathon runner used energy drink

The hairdresser had taken part in several marathons prior to the London run in April last year

The inquest into the death of 30-year-old Claire Squires from North Kilworth in Leicestershire who collapsed and died a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon last year has been hearing how she used an energy boost drink while on the run.

The hairdresser had taken part in several marathons prior to the London run in April last year.

Her boyfriend Simon Van Herrewege told Southwark Coroners Court in London that Claire had bought the energy boost drink online.

An off-duty paramedic told the Coroner she had seen Claire suddenly slow down and reach for the barrier in Birdcage Walk near the finishing line. She then collapsed and her heart stopped beating.

Following the death donations to Claire's chosen charity The Samaritans passed the one million pound mark.

The inquest is continuing.

Inquest into death of London marathon runner underway

The inquest into the death of a Leicestershire woman who died while running in the London Marathon last April is underway.

Hairdresser Claire Squires' boyfriend says he was unaware of any previous health concerns she may have had.

Claire died a mile from the finish line at last year's marathon in April.

She aimed to raise £500 for the Samaritans but the total jumped to more than £1 million following public support after her death.

Fundraiser in memory of London marathon victim

The family of the young woman from Leicestershire who died while running the London marathon are organising an annual fundraising day in her memory.

Claire Squires, the 30-year-old hairdresser, died a mile from the finish line at this year's marathon in April.

She aimed to raise £500 for the Samaritans but the total jumped to more than £1 million following public support after her death.

The charity is working with Claire's mother Cilla to develop 'The Claire Squires Fund', a programme of projects that reflect how she would have wanted the money to be used.

The charity will launch an annual charity day or event in Claire's name in 2014.

"She would have been excited to know that so much money had been raised, and we have worked so hard to make sure that it is being used the way Claire would have wanted. Thank you to everyone who donated. No amount of money can ever bring Claire back but we can hopefully make a real difference and leave a lasting legacy for my beautiful daughter."

– Cilla Squires
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