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Thousands honour GNR runner at the Yorkshire Marathon

There was a minute's applause for David Colley, the man who died while taking part in the 2015 Great North Run, at the start of the Yorkshire marathon.

The 58-year-old collapsed in the last mile of the half-marathon event in September and passed away from natural causes.

His daughters were among the 7,000 people who took part in the event in York.

Mr Colley's daughters ran the marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. Credit: ITV News Calendar

Family pay tribute to runner after GNR death

The family of David Colley, who collapsed and died in the Great North Run, has spoken of their devastation. They have asked the organisers of the race to pass on their gratitude for the sympathy and support they have received.

“David was a regular runner who loved taking part in the Great North Run and always looked forward to the event. We are absolutely devastated.”

– Family statement

Runner who died in GNR named

The runner who died participating in the Great North Run on Sunday has been named as David Colley, from Hull.

David, 58, had taken part in numerous Great North Runs over the last ten years. He collapsed in the last mile of the run and was attended to immediately by the medical services.

A post mortem concluded that Mr Colley died of natural causes.

David Colley


Denise Lewis: Great North Run participants are "inspiring"

Olympic gold medalist Denise Lewis OBE says she loves coming to the Great North Run 'because of the energy, atmosphere and the people with inspiring stories'.

Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees, the retired track and field athlete said she has always wanted to take part in the half marathon, but that she has not 'quite got there yet'.

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