Family pay tribute to 'fun-loving and caring' marathon runner

The family of a London Marathon runner who died after completing the course have paid tribute to a "a fun-loving and caring person". Robert Berry, 42, collapsed immediately after finishing the 26.2 miles race.

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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.

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Marathon runner donations top 40k

Rob Berry was running to raise money for the National Osteoporosis Society, Credit: Rob Berry/ Just Giving

A man who died after completing the London Marathon on Sunday has now raised more than £40,000 in donations as thousands pledged funds to his chosen charity.

Rob Berry's Just Giving page has received more than 3,000 individual donations to the National Osteoporosis Society so far.

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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.

Osteoporosis charity 'saddened' by runner's death

The National Osteoporosis Society has paid tribute to one of its runners Robert Berry, who died after completing the London Marathon. Claire Severgnini, the CEO of the charity said her "deepest sympathies" were with his family "at this tragic time":

It is with great sadness that the National Osteoporosis Society has learnt of the death of Robert Berry, one of our runners in this weekend's London Marathon.

The charity would like to express its heartfelt condolences to Mr Berry's family and friends. Our immediate concerns are for Mr Berry's family.

– National Osteoporosis Society

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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.

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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.

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"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".

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Man, 42, dies after completing London Marathon

A 42-year-old man has died after completing the London Marathon, organisers have confirmed.

A total of 36,000 people took part in the 2014 London Marathon. Credit: Press Association

A statement from the Virgin Money London Marathon reads: "It is with regret that we have learnt of the death of a competitor in the Virgin Money London Marathon.

"A 42-year-old man collapsed after the finish line and although immediate medical attention was provided to the casualty, the fatality was confirmed on his arrival at hospital...

"The organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased."