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Partner of triathlete who died swimming the Channel makes emotional speech at tribute race

Photo: ITV West Country

The partner of a keen runner who died while swimming the English Channel as part of a huge triathlon has paid an emotional tribute him.

Doug Waymark was taking part in a 300-mile mega-triathlon from London to Paris. The 44 year old had already run to Dover before attempting the crossing, but struggled during the swim, and then collapsed.

A search and rescue helicopter responded to a call from a nearby support ship on Monday 7 August. Doug was airlifted to hospital but later died.

I and his family are devastated that we have lost a determined, witty, loving, generous, supportive and above all, awesome man. He would want you all to remember him fondly and to continue his legacy.

– Lola, Doug's Partner
Doug's family say he was doing what he loved best to the very end. Credit: Family

The running club in Cheltenham held a special race on Wednesday evening in memory of Doug and members said they held him in their thoughts as they ran the route.

Runners said Doug was smiling down on them and would have loved the tribute, leading the group on his bike.

Club members remembered Doug as they ran the route. Credit: ITV West Country