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Marathon Runner Inquest

The inquest is due to open today into the death of a Leicestershire woman who died while running the London Marathon.

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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.

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