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Death of UK runner touches hearts, pocketbooks

Apr 24, 2012, 1:41 PM

LONDON (AP) – The death of a runner in the London marathon has inspired a flood of donations to the charity she supported.

Claire Squires, who ran to raise money for the Samaritans, which works to prevent suicide, collapsed Sunday near the end of the course. The cause of her death has not been determined.

By midday Tuesday, donations made through her JustGiving.com web page had passed 390,000 pounds ($630,000), rising 6,000 pounds ($9,700) just in the time it took to write this story.

Squires, a 30-year-old hairdresser from North Kilworth, England, had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with a friend last year to raise 1,500 pounds ($2,400) for the Royal Air Force Association.

The Samaritans said donations will go into a tribute fund in Squires’ name.

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Death of UK runner touches hearts, pocketbooks