December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, April 23, 2012
A 30-year-old woman collapsed and died just one corner away from the finish line in the London Marathon.
She collapsed at Birdcage Walk, near St James’ Park, on the final stretch of the 26.2 mile course, yesterday (Sunday).
The woman was given medical treatment at the scene but died, organisers said.
A statement on the London Marathon website said: “We would like to emphasise that our immediate concern is for the family of the deceased. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them at this difficult time.”
The statement added: “The fatality occurred with the finishing line only one bend away.”
Birdcage Walk borders St James’ Park and is the last road that runners have to travel before reaching Buckingham Palace, where they turn onto The Mall on which the finish line is located.
Competitors do not reach Birdcage Walk until after completing 25 miles of the marathon.
The death was the 10th since the London Marathon began in 1981.
Five of the previous fatalities were a result of heart disease in runners apparently unaware that they had a problem. Four of these were cases of severe coronary heart disease.
The last competitor to die was a 22-year-old fitness instructor in 2007.