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A man hoping to encourage others to do sports is one of the first non-professional wheelchair athletes to compete in the London Marathon.

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Newbury marathon runner donations reach £40k

Rob's Just Giving page has long bypassed his original target of £1,700 Credit: Just Giving

A man from Newbury who died after completing the London marathon has raised more than £43,000 for an Osteoporosis charity.

Rob Berry's Just Giving page has seen nearly 4000 donations after his tragic death when he passed the finish line on Sunday.



Donations top £24k in name of marathon runner

More than £23,000 has been donated to the National Osteoporosis Society in the name of Rob Berry, who died after completing this year's London Marathon.

Rob Berry died after completing this year's London Marathon. Credit: Rob Berry/JustGiving

The 42-year-old collapsed and later died after crossing the finish line at Sunday's race.

Donations on Mr Berry's JustGiving page have now reached more than £23,000. On the page Mr Berry explained he was running the marathon to raise money for the National Osteoporosis Society - a charity which has supported his mother, who was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 52.


Man who died after completing marathon named

A 42-year-old man who died after completing the London Marathon yesterday has been named as Robert Berry, organisers confirmed.

Robert Berry.
Robert Berry. Credit: Rob Berry/ Just Giving

A statement from Virgin Money London Marathon reads: "It is with regret that we can now confirm that Mr Robert Berry, aged 42, collapsed at the finish of the London Marathon.

"He was immediately taken to one of our medical facilities where he was treated by four consultants, including one in emergency medicine. He was transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Read: Man, 42, dies after completing London Marathon

"The organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon would like to continue to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Berry and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them all at this difficult time".

Thousands run marathon in perfect conditions

Runners from across the south are among the 36000 taking part in the London marathon.

Mo Farah is among the favourites in his first marathon since becoming a double Olympic gold medallist. Running conditions are said to be near perfect, with many mnore thousand spectators lining the 26.2 mile route

Celebrities taking part include former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen, Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, and Michelin-star chef Michel Roux Jr. Rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins pushed the famous red button at the start line on Shooters Hill.

Wife inspires London Marathon run

James Rose, 29, from Maidstone, will run the London Marathon in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

James was inspired to help the charity after hearing about how it helped his wife Amy, who was diagnosed with the rare bone marrow disease aplastic anaemia at the age of 13.

When Amy was 16, Make-A-Wish arranged for her to travel to America where she met the cast of her favourite TV show Friends.

As part of the wish day, Amy and her family also sat in the audience to watch an episode of the show being filmed.

James said: "Amy is now 27, and it still touches her when she talks about her time in hospital and the support that Make-A-Wish gave her and her family."


Marathon run in memory of late friend

Charlotte Drinkwater is running the London Marathon for Jigsaw (South East) in memory of her friend who died last year from cancer, leaving behind her husband and nine-year-old boy.

She is undertaking her first marathon to raise much-needed funds for local charity, Jigsaw (South East).

Charlotte, 38, from Caterham was motivated to sign up to the world’s largest annual fundraising event after witnessing her late friend Annette Boyle’s two-year battle with lung cancer.

During her illness, which was diagnosed in November 2011, she sought help and guidance from Jigsaw (South East) which offered support and counselling for her little boy, husband and extended family. They continue to help the family through their grief.

Hampshire man runs for his uncle and Alzheimer’s Research UK

Fergus Graham with his sons Arlo and Gabriel Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK

The nephew of a Wiltshire couple living with the daily reality of dementia will run the London Marathon to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Fergus' Uncle Jamie Graham Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK

Fergus Graham, a former junior GB rower, signed up for the 26.2-mile race across the capital in support of his uncle, Jamie, from Dauntsey, near Chippenham, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at just 59.

The 40-year-old, from Whitchurch, Hampshire, hopes to raise at least £5,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Ten-year fundraising effort starts with London Marathon

A runner is hoping to raise £2,000 from this year's Virgin Money London Marathon as he embarks on a 10-year fundraising effort.

Simon Williamson, 36, from Southampton, has pledged to take on 100 marathons over the next decade.

He will be raising money for a different charity each year and has chosen disability charity Whizz-Kidz to benefit from his first year of fundraising.

Simon has been running one marathon a month since August to raise funds for the charity, which provides wheelchairs and mobility equipment for young people across the UK.

Running for hospital charity in Poole

A team of runners are set to raise in excess of £8,000 for Poole Hospital Charity today when they take part in the Virgin London Marathon.

The group taking part in this Sunday’s marathon includes six runners who have gained Poole Hospital Charity golden bond places, along with four others raising money for Poole Hospital Charity who have gained ballot places in the race.

Dan Beck, Georgie Codd, Anna Dominguez, Sam Fry, Kitt Harris, Dave Hatch, Gary Moore, Sarah Pitcher, Helen Prestage and Ian Rayney have all been training hard, and will be lining up along with 35,000 other participants in the prestigious race.

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