Sunday 25 September 2016

Girlfriend of army officer who died at London Marathon discovers he asked her father for permission to marry her

Published 01/05/2016 | 16:51

Gaby Schoenenberger pictured with her boyfriend David Seath, who tragically died at the London Marathon Photo via Facebook
Gaby Schoenenberger pictured with her boyfriend David Seath, who tragically died at the London Marathon Photo via Facebook

The girlfriend of a man who collapsed and died while running London Marathon was devastated to discover he had asked her father for his blessing ahead of proposing.

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Army captain David Seath (31) collapsed three miles short of the marathon’s finish line last Sunday and died after being rushed to hospital.

Heartbroken Gaby Schoenenberger discovered that her love had asked her father for her hand in marriage in the weeks prior to running the race.

“I found out on Sunday night that David had asked my dad for his blessing at Easter when we were on a family holiday,” Gaby told The Sunday Times.

Gaby Schoenenberger pictured with her boyfriend David Seath, who tragically died at the London Marathon. Photo via Facebook
Gaby Schoenenberger pictured with her boyfriend David Seath, who tragically died at the London Marathon. Photo via Facebook

“David was being posted to Afghanistan in July this year for seven months and he was intending on proposing when he got back — but he wanted to make sure, to check it with my dad.”

David made sure to ask Gaby’s father ahead of his deployment to Afghanistan so that if anything were to happen to him, she would know his intentions. Tragically, their life together was never to be.

Gaby was tracking David’s progress at the finish line by means of an app and became concerned when his tracker stopped with just miles to go.

Later, Gaby was to receive a call from a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, who informed her that her boyfriend was on life support.

The solider had suffered a cardiac arrest on the site.

In the days following David’s death, more than £100,000 (€127,000) has been raised for Help for Heroes, the charity that he was running the marathon for.

Gaby Schoenenberger pictured with her boyfriend David Seath, who tragically died at the London Marathon Photo via Facebook
Gaby Schoenenberger pictured with her boyfriend David Seath, who tragically died at the London Marathon Photo via Facebook

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