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Rob and Claire 'two of life's most amazing people'

The sister of a London Marathon runner who collapsed a mile from the marathon finish line in 2012, has paid tribute to Robert Berry. Penny Squires, the sister of Claire Squires, who died from cardiac failure wrote: "Bless you Rob. A hero.

Claire Squires collapsed near the finish of the London Marathon Credit: JustGiving.com

"My amazing sister Claire died running the 2012 London Marathon. My thoughts are with your family. Here's to you Rob & Claire, two of life's most amazing people. Taken too soon xxx," she said on his JustGiving page.

Almost £1,000,000 has since been raised by donations to Claire's Just Giving page.

Energy drink maker defends banned drug after runner's death

After an energy boosting drink was cited as contributing to the death of marathon runner Claire Squires, the company behind the drink have defended the active ingredient DMAA.

Claire died in April 2012 just a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon.

She had taken a drink containing DMAA with her. DMAA was banned in the UK in August 2012.

USPlabs sympathizes with the family of Ms. Squires for their tragic loss. We continue to stand by the safety of the dietary ingredient 1, 3 DMAA. The ingredient has been the subject of seven clinical trials supporting its safety when used as directed. These studies place 1,3 DMAA among the most studied dietary ingredients on the market.

– Ultra-Premium Supplements statement

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Energy boosting drink played part in runner's death

A now banned performance enhancing sports supplement, played a part in the death of a fit and healthy young woman, who collapsed and died just a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon.

Claire Squires had taken an energy boosting powder and a coroner has ruled that it had contributed to her death.

After her death over a million pounds was raised for the charity she was running for - the Samaritans.

ITV News' Neil Connery reports:

Family pay tribute to the marathon runner Claire Squires

The family of a Claire Squires, who died from acute heart failure during the London Marathon after taking a performance-enhancing drug, have paid tribute to her.

They spoke after a coroner's inquest ruled that extreme exertion complicated by DMAA - which has been banned in Britain since August 2012 - led to Ms Squires death.

Claire Squire's boyfriend Simon van Herrewege pictured with her sister and partner reads a statement Credit: ITV News

Ms Squires, 30, had aimed to raise £500 for The Samaritans but after her death donations to her JustGiving page totalled more than £1m.

Claire Squire collapsed near the finish of the London Marathon Credit: JustGiving.com
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Banned drug 'played part in death of London marathon runner'

A pathologist at the Claire Squires inquest has told the coroner she died from acute heart failure complicated by the presence of the performance enhancing supplement DMAA.

The coroner at Southwark has also been told that DMAA is now a banned drug in this country since August 2012 .

Claire died in April 2012 just a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon.

Marathon runner 'died of heart failure', says doctor

The doctor who performed the post-mortem on Claire Squires, who died during last year's London Marathon, has told an inquest that she died of heart failure, likely complicated by the supplement DMAA.

The caffeine-like stimulant was in the runner's drink, and has since been banned in the UK.

"DMAA causes increased heart rate. On the balance of probability I think the DMAA was a contributing factor to her death' Dr Van Der Walt said.

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Claire Squires inquest: 'Drink could have made her heart beat faster'

A consultant at the inquest into the death of 30-year-old Claire Squires who died while taking part in the London marathon says 'performance enhancing drink she took could have made her heart beat faster.'

The performance enhancing ingredient that was in her drink was DMAA.

Claire from North Kilworth in Leicestershire collapsed and died a mile from the finishing line in April last year.

Runner's water had performance enhancing ingredient

Marathon runner Claire Squires had performance enhancing ingredient DMAA in her water bottle, an inquest into her death has heard.

Claire Squires collapsed and died a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon Credit: Family handout
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Inquest hears marathon runner used energy drink

The hairdresser had taken part in several marathons prior to the London run in April last year

The inquest into the death of 30-year-old Claire Squires from North Kilworth in Leicestershire who collapsed and died a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon last year has been hearing how she used an energy boost drink while on the run.

The hairdresser had taken part in several marathons prior to the London run in April last year.

Her boyfriend Simon Van Herrewege told Southwark Coroners Court in London that Claire had bought the energy boost drink online.

An off-duty paramedic told the Coroner she had seen Claire suddenly slow down and reach for the barrier in Birdcage Walk near the finishing line. She then collapsed and her heart stopped beating.

Following the death donations to Claire's chosen charity The Samaritans passed the one million pound mark.

The inquest is continuing.

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