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Tributes pour in for Berry after London Marathon death

Donations continue to pour in for Robert Berry, who died after completing the London Marathon yesterday. Tributes were paid to the 42-year-old on his JustGiving page, who has raised over £2,200 for the National Osteoporosis Society.

In memory of Mr Berry (RIP). You gave your life trying to do good for others.

– Anonymous

I didn't know you but am so sad you gave your life doing such a wonderful thing. God bless you.

– Anonymous

God bless you Rob. Your family must be so proud of you, raising money to help your Mum and others. So sorry it had to end in this way. R.I.P.

– Mark Jameson

Police claim London Marathon runner is still missing

Mami Konneh Lahun is still missing despite earlier claims. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police have issued a correction after it emerged an athlete from Sierra Leone is still missing.

Officers earlier said Mami Konneh Lahun had been found but it appears the runner is still missing.

The 24-year-old has not been seen since finishing this weekend's London Marathon and was due to fly home today.

Police apologised for creating the confusion.


Berry ran marathon in support of Osteoporosis charity

A man who died after completing the London Marathon yesterday was raising money for the National Osteoporosis Society, according to his JustGiving page.

Robert Berry said on his donation page that the charity had supported his mother, who was diagnosed with Osteoporosis at the age of 52.

The 42-year-old collapsed after the finish line and was given immediate medical attention, the organisers said.

So far, £2,152.65 has been raised for the charity.

Read: Man who died after completing marathon named

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".

Michael Phelps coming out of retirement

Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.
Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Credit: Marcelo Regua/DPA

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, is coming out of retirement amid speculation he will aim to compete at the 2016 Rio Games.

USA Swimming said the 29-year-old will compete for the first time since London 2012 later this month at a meet in Mesa, Arizona.

Phelps, who has 22 Olympic medals including 18 gold, returned to training last autumn and has completed the six-month waiting period to be eligible for competition by the US Anti-Doping Agency.


Record eight MPs race in 2014 London Marathon

A record eight MPs took part in this year's London Marathon including five House of Commons frontbenchers.

The MP who came in first was Alun Cairns, the Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan, with a time of 3.34:08, knocking five minutes off his personal best.

Ed Balls, Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham before the race Credit: PA

Next came the Minister for children and families, Edward Timpson, at 3.42:24, just shading the shadow justice minister, Dan Jarvis, at 3.45:08.

In his fourth London Marathon, Dan Jarvis, 41, MP for Barnsley Central, ran 3.45:08 with his 69-year-old father, Bernard, a veteran of 68 marathons.

Shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, ran 4.19:47, while the shadow secretary of state for health, Andy Burnham, managed 4.26:19.

Graham Evans managed 4.43:56 and Jason McCartney came in at 4.57:35. Ed Balls knocked more than 17 minutes from his 2013 time (5:14:13) when he finished in 4.57:40.

Police seek runner not seen since London Marathon

Police are looking to trace a marathon athlete who has not been seen since she finished 20th in yesterday's London race, Scotland Yard said.

Police are seeking marathon runner Mami Konneh Lahun. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Mami Konneh Lahun, 24, from Sierra Leone, had been staying at an address in Greenwich since arriving in the UK on 7 April.

She is due to fly home later today but did not return to her temporary accommodation following the race, police said.

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