Donations pour in after death of Dublin Marathon runner
DONATIONS have been pouring in to the charity page of Ricki Savage, who died from a heart attack after competing in the Dublin Marathon on Monday.
The 27-year-old's heart stopped at the finish line of the marathon.
He was taking part in the run to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
Since news of his death broke earlier today, the page he set up to raise funds has been inundated with donations, with almost €3,000 being raised so far.
The page, on Justgiving.com, was re-opened for donations today thanks to the efforts of some of Mr Savage's friends.
Mr Savage suffered a heart attack after completing the 26.2-mile run in three hours and 10 minutes.
His athletics club in the UK told the Irish Independent they were “deeply grateful” to the emergency services for their speedy response.
“We were told earlier this afternoon that he hasn’t pulled through and we’re all devastated at the club,” said Derek Sackett, president of the Thanet Roadrunners Athletics Club.
“It was his first marathon but he was a very competent runner and he had done long distances before that.
“The paramedics worked on him for over 40 minutes before getting him to hospital. We’d like to express our gratitude for their work and for doing all they could.”
The organisers of the marathon issued a statement this evening.
"Ricki Savage, a 27-year-old English runner, collapsed at the finish line on Monday and was immediately treated by the St. John’s Ambulance medical crew on site," it reads.
"He was then transferred by ambulance to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he remained in a stable but very serious condition until he passed away earlier this afternoon.
"We would like to commend the St. John’s Ambulance medical team and all those in St. Vincent’s who looked after Mr. Savage and express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
"We ask that the family's privacy is respected at this time."
Those wishing to make a donation to Mr Savage's charity can do so by clicking here.