Run­ner suf­fers fa­tal col­lapse as he fin­ishes char­ity race

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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. for more in­for­ma­tion.


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