Army captain dies from heart attack after competing in London marathon

A fundraising page has been set up in his honour

Army captain dies from heart attack after competing in London marathon

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An army officer has died after suffering a heart attack in the final miles of the London city marathon.

31-year-old Captain David Seath, originally from Scotland, collapsed near the 23-mile mark of the mammoth race and was transferred to hospital by ambulance.

The well respected army officer, was based in Plymouth at the time of his death and previously served in Afghanistan.

To commemorate his memory, friends of Seath have decided to walk the last three miles of the route and "complete what he started, in his honour". In addition, a fundraising page has been set up with all the funds intended to be donated to the 'Help for Heroes' organisation, a cause which the army captain was running for.

"We will walk as one, the final three miles of the marathon, starting where he fell," wrote one person on the fundraising page.

Several people have paid their respects to the deceased Seath, including his mother Libby:

"David has achieved more in 31 years than most people do in 70. He lived his life on the edge and to the full."

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Cresswell, his commanding officer, said: "We have lost one of the great characters of our regiment and take strength from the memory of his example and leadership."

Other fatalities have occurred during the London marathon. In 2014, a 42-year-old man collapsed and died shortly after completing the race while in 2012, a 30-year-old woman collapsed a mile short of the finishing line beofre dying of cardiac failure.