Runner suffers fatal collapse as he finishes charity race
A YOUNG runner suffered a fatal collapse just 200 metres from a charity race finish line.
James Phillips, 27, from Denham, had a cardiac arrest while taking part in the Reigate Halfmarathon on Sunday morning.
He collapsed at about 11.15am while nearing the end of the race in the Surrey town’s Priory Park.
Attempts were made to resuscitate Mr Phillips, but he died at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.
He had been running with a group of 40 friends to raise money for the Patrick Evans Foundation, a charity set-up to help those suffering from any illness and disease, support the bereaved and to create healthy sporting opportunities for young people.
Mr Phillips worked as an architect at Make Architects studio in London, where he helped design the London 2012 Olympic athletes’ village.
In a statement, the Phillips family said: “He truly lived life to the full and travelled the world in 2011 with his girlfriend, Fiona Barnes, 27.
“He was the life and soul of the party and was always the last to leave at the end of the night.
“He will be remembered for his warmth, kindness and fun loving attitude to life.
“His family are so proud of him. He saw more places and experienced more in the last five years than most people do in a lifetime.
“He grabbed every opportunity with both hands and will be deeply missed by so many.
“The brightest star will shine on even the darkest of nights.”
His girlfriend, Fiona, added: “We travelled the world together and created so many amazing memories. We skydived, he bungee jumped, we trekked the Inca Trail, he made me face my fears by snorkelling off the Great Barrier Reef.
“He loved being with family and friends and made life fuller for everyone. He loved living so much and was a unique person. I feel lucky to have shared so much time with him and will hold him in my heart forever.”
Donations in memory of Mr Phillips’s can be made to the Patrick Evans Foundation – visit www. patrickevansfoundation. co.uk for more information.