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Marathon effort 'for Daniel'

A film-maker whose best friend was killed while serving with the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment will run next year's Brighton Half marathon in his memory.

Christian Hearn lost his best friend of 16 years, Private Daniel Prior, in 2011. The 27-year-old was injured in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. He was returned to the UK, where he died in hospital.

Private Daniel Prior, 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment Credit: MOD

Christian and Daniel had been keen running buddies, training and covering many miles together in and around their home town of Peacehaven in East Sussex.

Christian will be running in aid of Blind Veterans UK, which has its oldest support centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

The 29-year-old said: "As Dan served with the Parachute Regiment it made sense for me to want to support a military charity.

"I have done four half marathons before but never the one in Brighton. I have done ones that are really hilly and bumpy so running on Brighton's flat ground this time should be good.

"Me and Dan really got each other running and would always go out running together. We always spoke about running marathons and half marathons together but never got the chance to. I like running in his memory."

The Brighton Half Marathon takes place on February 16.

Verdict of 'misadventure' after death of runner

A Brighton marathon runner died following a reaction to sports supplements and ibuprofen, according to a coroner.

Sam Harper Brighouse, who was 23-years-old, collapsed around 16 miles into the run in April. The coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure.

The runner was originally believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest.

Sam was running the marathon to raise money for the Arms Around The Child charity which supports Aids orphans. Donations are still being made and have now reached over £33,000.

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Dead runner's sponsorship tops £18,000

Donations on the fundraising page of a 23-year-old man who died after collapsing during the Brighton Marathon have reached £18,000.

Sam Harper Brighouse, from London, is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest at about the 16-mile mark of the marathon on Sunday.

More than 1,300 people have now made donations to his justgiving.com page - far exceeding its fundraising target of £500.

His site states that he had embarked on the challenge to raise money for the Arms Around The Child charity which supports Aids orphans.

You can visit his page here.

Dead runner's donations now top £14,000

Sam Harper Brighouse is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest during the Brighton marathon. Credit: Facebook

Donations are flooding into the fundraising page of a 23-year-old man who died after collapsing during the Brighton Marathon.

Sam Harper Brighouse, from London, is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest at about the 16-mile mark of the marathon on Sunday.

More than 1,000 people have now made donations to his justgiving.com page with the total more than £14,000 - far exceeding fundraising target of £500.

His site states that he had embarked on the challenge to raise money for the Arms Around The Child charity which supports Aids orphans.

He wrote: "I'm running, jogging, crawling the brighton marathon for Arms Around The Child (UK) (formerly KCA UK) because I am want to raise money for a good cause."

You can visit his page here.

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Charity 'deeply distressed' at news of Sam's death

The charity that Sam Harper Brighouse was fundraising for has pledged to use the money from his JustGiving page for a special project in his memory.

In a statement, they said:

“All at Arms Around the Child are deeply distressed by the news that Sam Harper Brighouse from London, running in support of our charity, died after collapsing at the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 14th April 2013.

"We are liaising with his parents to use the money raised through his JustGiving page for a specific project in his memory. We know that Sam was delighted that he had reached his fundraising target and was helping to make a difference to the lives of the children looked after by Arms Around The Child in India and South Africa.”

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Donations pour in for marathon runner's charity

Sam Harper Brighouse is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest during the Brighton marathon. Credit: Facebook

Hundreds of people have made donations to the fundraising page of a young Londoner who died after collapsing during a marathon.

Sam Harper Brighouse is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest at about the 16-mile mark of the Brighton Marathon yesterday.

Donations have since been flooding in to his justgiving.com page - with the total now well above £5,000. He'd originally aimed to raise just £500.

His site states that he had embarked on the challenge to raise money for the Arms Around The Child charity which supports Aids orphans.

He wrote: "I'm running, jogging, crawling the brighton marathon for Arms Around The Child (UK) (formerly KCA UK) because I am want to raise money for a good cause."

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Runner believed to have had heart attack

He is thought to have had a cardiac arrest around the 16-mile mark of the course.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "A 23-year-old man has sadly died after suffering a medical episode whilst competing in the Brighton marathon this morning.

"Emergency services were called to Grand Avenue in Hove at around 11.45am where it is believed the London man suffered a cardiac arrest.

He was treated at the scene by medical staff, including doctors and paramedics, along with an off-duty police officer, before being taken to hospital."

The man's family has been informed of his death.

A spokesman for organisers of the marathon said: "It is with regret that we can confirm that a competitor collapsed and later died competing in the Brighton Marathon this morning.

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