|Army captain David Seath, 31, collapsed just three miles short of the London Marathon finish line from a suspected cardiac arrest and died a short time laterA 'hero' Army captain who served in Afghanistan has died after collapsing just three miles short of the London Marathon finish line. David Seath, 31, collapsed in front of spectators after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest at the 23-mile mark in Upper Thames Street, near Cannon Street station, yesterday lunchtime.|
He leaves behind his girlfriend and the 'love of his life' Gaby Judd, as well as parents Libby and Pete and his brother Gary. Paying tribute today, his mother said: 'David has achieved more in 31 years than most people do in 70. He lived his life on the edge and to the full. He was running to raise money for Help the Heroes, a cause which was very important to him.'
Fellow marathon runner Lisa Taylor also revealed how she spent his final hours with him singing 'Islands in the Stream' together as they ran part of the course alongside each other. Paying tribute on his fundraising page, she wrote: 'We ran together for while during the London Marathon. He was so happy and jolly. He was loving it. We sang Islands in the Stream together. Very badly and so out of tune. Lol! Such a sad day RIP. Xx'
Captain Seath's devastated friends and family are now planning to walk the final three miles of the marathon course in his honour in a bid to 'complete what he started' and finish his run. A fundraising page has also been set up in his memory by fellow Army officer and close friend James Walker-McClimens, 34. The JustGiving page has already received nearly £10,000 worth of donations within less than 24 hours.
Captain Seath's own marathon fundraising page has also received £1,000 for Help for Heroes. Paying tribute, Mr Walker-McClimens described the popular Army captain as 'our friend and hero', while Captain Seath's young niece, Maisie Calcutt, paid tribute to her 'hero Uncle Dave'. Captain Seath, who is originally from Cowdenbeath in Fife, Scotland, was a Fire Support Team Commander with the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. He gained two Masters degrees from the University of Aberdeen before competing his Army training at Sandhurst in 2010. It is understood he was currently based in Plymouth, Devon, and he had served in Afghanistan, in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand province. He had done other charity work and worked with groups which helped visually impaired Army veterans, including Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded.
|Captain Seath, 31, who is originally from Cowdenbeath in Fife, Scotland, was a Fire Support Team Commander with the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. He is pictured girlfriend with Gaby Judd, the 'love of his life'|
He was raising money for Help for Heroes with his London Marathon run and had raised around £1,000 prior to the start of the 26.2 mile race. In his final online message, he thanked his supporters and encouraged people to support the charity because 'the forces community need our help and continued support'. Writing on Saturday morning, he said: 'A big thank you to everyone that has been so generous and sponsoring me for tomorrow.
'I am sure H4H will be equally as appreciative. 'Every penny counts and to have broken the £200 mark with your help is very special. 'Thank you all so much.'
|Paying tribute today, Captain Seath's mother said: 'David has achieved more in 31 years than most people do in 70. He lived his life on the edge and to the full.' The Army war hero is pictured with his girlfriend Gaby Judd|
RIP!!! Army Captain Who Served In Afghanistan Dies After Collapsing Three Miles From Finish Line Of The London Marathon