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Over 600 gather for marathon runner funeral

More than 600 family and friends are thought to have arrived so far.

Some 200 people packed into the church, which can seat 150, while more than 400 stood on the grass outside.

The Rev Emma Davies described Claire as a "truly beautiful" person who "sparkled".

We gather to remember Claire and to give great thanks to Claire who gave so much to so many people.

– The Rev Emma Davies

Mourners arrive for funeral of Claire Squires

Mourners look at floral tributes as they attend the funeral of Claire Squires Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Scissors and a comb are left amongst floral tributes outside the funeral of hairdresser Claire Squires Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Mourners are handed red wristbands as they attend the funeral of Claire Squires at St Andrew's Church in North Kilworth Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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Funeral for marathon runner who raised over £1m

Claire Squires' JustGiving page has received over £1m in donations.

A woman whose supporters helped raise more than £1 million for charity after her death in this year's London Marathon will be buried next to her brother today.

Family and friends of Claire Squires will attend a private funeral service at St Andrew's Church in North Kilworth, Leicestershire, this afternoon after she collapsed and died less than a mile from the finishing line of the 26.2-mile course on Birdcage Walk near Buckingham Palace on April 22.

The 30-year-old was running for the Samaritans, in recognition of the work done by her mother Cilla, who had volunteered for the charity for 24 years.

Donations for tragic marathon runner reach £1m

Claire Squires (right) and her friend Nicola Short (left) after they climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010. Credit: RAFA/PA Wire

The charity fund raising page for Claire Squires, who collapsed and died during the London Marathon last weekend has now reached £1m.

She was raising money for the Samaritans, who her mother Cilla had volunteered with for more than 20 years.

Miss Squires, 30, will be buried on Wednesday at St Andrew's Church in the village of North Kilworth, Leicestershire next to her brother Grant, who died in 2001 aged 25.

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Squires to be buried next to her brother

Claire Squires - who collapsed and died during the London Marathon - will be buried alongside her brother, the Church of England said.

Claire Squires Credit: RAFA/PA Wire

Miss Squires, 30, whose death resulted in an outpouring of generous donations in her name, will be buried at noon on Wednesday at St Andrew's Church in the village of North Kilworth, Leicestershire. She will be buried next to her brother Grant, who died in 2001, aged 25.

The coroner at the inquest into his death recorded an open verdict - it has been reported he was a drug user and was depressed after being involved in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.

Friend: Squires would have been 'overwhelmed' by generosity

A friend of Claire Squires - who died on the final stretch of the London Marathon - said she would have been "overwhelmed" by the outpouring of generosity.

Claire Squires Credit: Reuters

Miss Squires, 30, had raised £500 for the Samaritans when she began the marathon on Sunday but that figure is now close to £800,000 on her JustGiving page.

Friend Nicola Short told the BBC: "I don't think any of us had any idea of how much she would raise. I think she would be completely overwhelmed and completely over the moon. She'd be going 'woo hoo', excited."

Donations set to approach one million

Donations are continuing to flood into Claire Squire's Just Giving Page. People from 60 countries have donated, and the money will be given to the Samaritans.

Volunteers there say the contributions mean some good will come from her death.

Initially Claire wanted to raise £500 but she is now set to become one of the biggest individual fund raisers in the history of the London Marathon

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