Reading half marathon victim named
A man who died after collapsing at the finishing line of a half-marathon has been named as a fitness enthusiast who encouraged people to do exercise in their lunch breaks.
Ged Clarke, 39, crossed the finishing line of the Reading race at the Madejski Stadium yesterday and was immediately taken to hospital.
Doctors were unable to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead later in the afternoon, the organisers said.
Mr Clarke, who was married with two children and lived in Reading, ran a popular Twitter account called 12pmclub which was aimed at encouraging people to exercise during their lunch hours.
His widow, Estelle Clarke, told the BBC: "He will be remembered for his happy and thoughtful character, and his great belief in doing things to the best of his ability, something his family will continue in believing for him."
Friend Janine Lewis said: "He was a champion for a fit, healthy lifestyle. Not just of the body, but of heart and soul too.
"The irony, and tragedy, is that he died as he finished the Reading half-marathon.
"As Mr 12pmclub, he would send out motivational words just before midday advising of the benefits of a break from the desk doing something active.
"He inspired a lot of people. He contributed personally to their charities, and also motivated them forward with their challenges."
A statement from the race organiser said: "This is deeply upsetting and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this distressing time."
As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”
- 1 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for beauty pageant
- 2 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'
'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
West poised to join forces with Assad in face of Islamic State
Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Network Engineer - CCNP, Hedge Fu...
£60000 - £70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Senior Network Engineer-CCIE, Mul...
£30000 - £50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Network Infrastructure Engineer (...
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Network Engineer (CCNP, BGP, Mult...