In April 2012 more than 37,000 runners pounded the streets of London during the annual London Marathon. 30-year-old Claire Squires was one of the runners. As Claire neared completion of the race she collapsed. She died at the scene.
Claire's marathon run was to raise money for the Samaritans. Following her death donations at her Just Giving webpage rocketed from £500 to £909,516.70, by May 2. Currently it shows £941,369.00. A fitting legacy.
Claire was a beautiful looking girl who, to all intents and purposes, appeared very fit. After her death it was revealed that she had a diagnosed heart condition. Claire chose to ignore this heart condition when it came to her running.
Today, Wednesday details of the inquest into Claire's death, held at Southwark Coroners Court, have revealed that 'a now-banned drug in a sports nutrition supplement' was a factor in her death.
Traces of the drug DMAA were found in her bloodstream. It was not a banned substance at the time of the race. Claire's boyfriend confirmed that she had put a scoop of sports supplement Jack3D, containing DMAA, into her water bottle.
The BBC reports, 'Dr Philip Barlow said: "Claire Squires collapsed during the final stages of the London Marathon.
DMAA was banned in the UK in August 2012. Described as acting a 'bit like caffeine' DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine), is kown to increase heart rate. The coroner concluded that Claire died of cardiac failure caused by extreme exertion, complicated by DMAA toxicity.
She raised more than one million pounds for the Samaritans, where her mother is a vokunteer. Her Mother, Cilla, has worked with the Samaritans to create The Claire Squires Fund. Various projects will utilise the donations in ways which would have met with Claire's approval.
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