09:50AM, Friday 29 August 2014
A London Marathon runner who inspired more than £77,000 in charity donations collapsed 40 yards from the finishing line and died after suffering from a raised temperature, an inquest has heard.
Robert Berry, who worked as the Head of ICT Innovation at the Three offices in Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, had to be helped over the finish line on April 13.
Paramedics began resuscitation and he was transferred to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, but he died there later that afternoon.
Westminster Coroner's Court heard the father-of-two had adequately trained and prepared for the race.
He had been described as a 'seasoned and experienced' athlete who visited the gym almost every day.
Mr Berry, 42, from Newbury, was running for the National Osteoporosis Society, after his mother was diagnosed with the condition aged 52.
An outpouring of donations in the wake of his death helped raise more than 45 times his original target of £1,700.
Coroner for Inner West London, Dr Fiona Wilcox, recorded a verdict of misadventure on Wednesday.
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