Steve Shanks, 45, completed the marathon in just two hours and 53 minutes but died suddenly on his way home from celebrating his achievement. A London marathon runner who completed the race on Sunday tragically died on his way home, leaving his family “devastated”.
The organizers of the London marathon announced his death today in a statement. A spokesman said: “Everyone at London Marathon Events was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Steve Shanks as he was traveling home on Sunday, April 23 after running the London Marathon.
Steve Shanks Age
Steve Shanks was 45 years old.
Steve Shanks Tragically Dies on his way home after finishing the race
‘Steve, who was 45 years old and lived in Bingham, Nottingham, was a very experienced runner who had completed many marathons and finished in 2:53:26 on Sunday. The cause of death will be established later by medical examination.
Sharing the statement on Twitter, the organizers included a link to a fundraising page to collect donations for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The page indicates that Mr. Shanks had several friends with MS.
Mr Shanks’ loved ones wrote on the page: ‘Steve was a keen runner and never happier than running anything from his local Parkrun to the Bob Graham Round. “But he was more than just a runner, he was a musician, a knitter, and a renowned contestant who possessed extensive knowledge of terrible pop music.
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“He was a loving husband and soul mate to his wife Jess, a treasured son-in-law and son-in-law, and a dear friend. “He will be greatly missed and always in our hearts and memories.”
His wife, Jessica Shanks, shared her devastation in a Facebook post: “It is with great sadness that I want to announce the loss of my wonderful husband, Stephen Shanks.”
“Her passing from him was sudden and unexpected. He was coming home from spending the day running the London Marathon. “As you can imagine, I am absolutely in shock and devastated.”
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