Hundreds in farewell to marathon runner

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The Independent Online

Hundreds of people attended the funeral yesterday of Claire Squires, whose death during the London Marathon resulted in more than £1m being raised for the Samaritans.

While 200 family and friends packed St Andrew's Church in North Kilworth, Leicestershire, to celebrate the life of the 30-year-old hairdresser, inset, 500 more gathered outside.

The service followed a private burial when Ms Squires was laid to rest in the same grave as her brother Grant, who died aged 25 in 2001.