Donations in memory of London Marathon runner Matt Campbell pass £100k

Campbell, who was raising money for the Brathay Trust, died of as yet unknown causes shortly before the end of Sunday's London Marathon

Matt Campbell running the Windermere Marathon (Photograph: James Kirby)
Matt Campbell running the Windermere Marathon (Photograph: James Kirby)

Donations to the charity for  young people, the Brathay Trust, in memory of a runner who died during the London Marathon on Sunday have passed £100,000.

Matt Campbell collapsed after reaching the 22.5-mile mark in Sunday’s race and later died in hospital, a statement from London Marathon organisers said yesterday.

Campbell, a chef from the Lake District who had featured in the BBC show Masterchef: the Professionals, was aiming to raise £2,500 for the Brathay Trust, according to his JustGiving fundraising page.

More than 2,200 people have also signed up to a Facebook page on which they pledge to "finish" the race in honour of Campbell by doing a 3.7-mile run and donating £5 to his fundraising page. 

Campbell was fundraising for the charity in memory of his father Martin, who died suddenly in 2016 and supported Brathay for many years, according to a statement from the charity.

Martin Campbell was a cameraman who filmed the charity’s 10in10 challenge between 2008 and 2016, which involves participants running 10 marathons in 10 days.

The charity yesterday paid tribute to Matt Campbell, who had run previous marathons for Brathay and completed a marathon in Manchester in support of the charity two weeks before his death.

"Matt was a unique inspiration, a positive person whose enthusiasm and love of life touched so many," the charity’s statement said.

"In the time we knew Matt, we were all affected by his unique personality and talent. We were in awe of his flair as a chef and he was generous with his time and knowledge.

"Matt gave so much to Brathay and the young people we work with. We are stunned and humbled by the outpouring of love and support in his memory on his JustGiving page, creating a lasting legacy that allows us to reach many more young people."

A statement from the London Marathon confirming Campbell’s death said: "Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt’s family and friends."

"No further details will be released and the family has asked for privacy. The exact cause of death will be established by later medical examination."

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