London Marathon 2012: 30-Year-Old Woman Sadly Passes Away Before Finishing Race

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Liz Yelling of Great Britain completes the Virgin London Marathon 2012 on April 22, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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In the final stretch of the 2012 London Marathon, a 30-year-old woman collapsed and later died. 

According to, Claire Squires fell to the ground in the last mile of the 26.2-mile race. She received medical attention but unfortunately passed away. 

The cause of her death is not known at the time, but tests are being run to figure everything out. 

She dropped to the ground at Birdcage Walk, near St James' Park, which is the last road the competitors run on before approaching Buckingham Palace. 

Officials of the London Marathon released a statement on their website to those who knew Squires. 

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

Squires was running for charity and had raised nearly £500 before the race, but after the news of her death, the totals for her fundraiser have now skyrocketed to over £8,000. 

On her fundraiser page, her statement about why she was running says, "I'm running the London marathon for Samaritans because they continuously support others." 

Many folks have shown their support and love for Squires with messages on her page. 

This is the 10th time someone has passed away in the London Marathon since it began in 1981. The last person to die during the race was a 22-year-old in 2007.

For the 2012 London Marathon results, click here to see the top men's and women's finishers.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with Squires' friends and family.