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Newbury race dedicated to London Marathon runner

Rob Berry was a well known runner in the Newbury area Credit: Rob Berry/ Just Giving

The Newbury parkrun in Berkshire today is being dedicated in memory of a London Marathon runner who died last weekend. Rob Berry, 42, from Newbury, collapsed after crossing the finish line. He was a well known runner in the area.

His Just Giving page has received donations of more than £72,000 to the National Osteoporosis Society so far.

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Newbury marathon runner donations surpass £70k

Rob Berry's Just Giving page shows that donations have topped £70,000 Credit: Just Giving

Nearly 6000 donations have been made after a Newbury man died when he completed the London marathon last weekend.

Rob Berry was running the marathon in memory of his mother who was diagnosed with Osteoporosis and the £70,000 worth of donations will be donated to the National Osteoporosis Society.

Nearly 6,000 donations have been made to smash Rob's original target of £1,700.

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Marathon runner's family 'overwhelmed' by donations

The family of a man who died after running the London Marathon said they are "overwhelmed" by the donations that have been made in his honour.

In a statement issued by organisers of the marathon, Robert Berry's family said they were overwhelmed by the heartfelt messages and contributions to the National Osteoporosis Society, adding:

We are devastated and shocked by the events of Sunday and cannot believe that he is no longer with us to share in our lives and laughter.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and work colleagues – a fun-loving and caring person, respected, loyal and very much loved by us all.

He was a loving husband to Gwen and an amazing father to his two children and will remain forever in their hearts.

Rob was a loyal and loving son to Alan and Ann and a fantastic, caring brother to his younger sister Janet who always looked up to him.

Rob will be a great loss to our family.

Read: Donations surge for London Marathon runner who died

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.

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Cross breed pup needs a home

Dogs Trust Newbury are looking to home the pup Credit: Dogs Trust

A mismatched dog from Newbury is searching for a home, despite his unique appearance.

Crinkle is a half Sharpei and half Terrier and staff at Newbury's Dog's Trust hope potential owners will embrace the friendly pup.

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury, says:“Crinkle is such a character and his unusual looks have really become a talking point at the centre. With his wrinkly face and stumpy body, it’s hard not to be won over by Crinkle’s adorable appearance.

"“He came to us as a stray so we don’t know much about his history but he is a friendly boy who loves to lap up all the fuss from staff and visitors alike."

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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.

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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".

Irish President Michael Higgins visits stables in Newbury

Mr and Mrs Andrew Balding have welcomed the Irish President and his wife Mrs Higgins to Park House Stables Credit: ITV Meridian

The President of Ireland and his wife Mrs Higgins are visiting Park House Stables in Newbury today.

Andrew Balding and his wife Anna Lisa welcomed the couple to the stables.

Later on, they will meet trainer, jockeys and other staff as well as visiting the tack room, yard and training areas.

Chatting away in the sunshine in Newbury! Credit: ITV Meridian
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