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Friend's tribute to running mentor who died after half marathon

Published: 2 Apr 2012 16:147 comments

A DAY of triumph turned to tragedy when a family man died yesterday after crossing the finish line of the Reading Half Marathon.

Ged Clarke, 39, died after collapsing at the finish line of the half marathon

Ged Clarke, 39, was taken to hospital when he collapsed in the Madejski Stadium following the 13.1 mile race, but doctors were unable to resuscitate him.

Mr Clarke, who lived in Calcot with his wife, and young son and daughter, finished the half marathon in two hours and 30 minutes.

He worked for a civil engineering company in Green Park and ran the @12pmclub Twitter account, which he used to motivate 212 followers to get active every lunchtime.

Janine Lewis, who set off on the race with Mr Clarke yesterday morning, said: "Ged was a private, family man and I don't think his family even realised what a massive following he had and just how loved he was. I think his wife is finding that very comforting, but everyone is devastated."

Many of his Twitter fans will go out for lunchtime walks, runs and cycle rides and hold a minute's silence today in memory of the popular fitness enthusiast.

Send your tributes to lroutledge@berksmedia.co.uk

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