A London Marathon runner who completed the race in beneath 3 hours died 'out of the blue' on his method residence

  • A forty five-year-old man who accomplished Sunday’s London Marathon instantly died on his method residence. 
  • Steve Shanks completed the 26.2-mile race in 2:53:26.
  • London Marathon organizers mentioned Shanks “was a really skilled runner who had accomplished many marathons.”

A forty five-year-old avid runner who accomplished the London Marathon on Sunday in beneath three hours died “out of the blue” whereas on his method residence from the competitors. 

Steve Shanks, a husband and father from Nottingham, England completed the 26.2-mile race in 2:53:26 earlier than dying as he traveled residence on Sunday, London Marathon organizers mentioned in an announcement. 

“Everybody at London Marathon Occasions was deeply saddened to listen to in regards to the sudden loss of life of Steve Shanks,” the organizers mentioned. They famous that Shanks was an skilled runner who had competed in a number of marathons prior to now.

Organizers mentioned that Shanks’ precise explanation for loss of life could be “established later by means of medical examination.”


Shanks’ spouse, Jess, introduced the passing of her husband on social media, calling his loss of life “sudden” and “out of the blue.”

“He was returning residence having spent the day taking part within the London Marathon. As you possibly can think about I am completely in shock & devastated,” she wrote. 

Organizers of the London Marathon mentioned {that a} fundraising web page for the A number of Sclerosis Society had been arrange in Shanks’ reminiscence. 

“It was a trigger near his coronary heart as a result of plenty of his shut pals have MS,” a be aware posted to the GoFundMe web page says.

Tragic tales of runners instantly dying throughout races — or simply after them — have made headlines in recent times. Final 12 months, a 32-year-old man collapsed and died after crossing the end line at New York Metropolis’s 13.1-mile Brooklyn half marathon.

Nevertheless, the phenomenon is uncommon. In line with a 2012 examine revealed in The New England Journal of Drugs, “the chance of marathon-related sudden loss of life is estimated to be 1 in 50,000 individuals.”

About 48,000 runners competed on this 12 months’s London Marathon.