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Plaistow club organises run in memory of Masterchef contestant who died after collapsing during London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 15:42 24 April 2018

Matt Campbell Picture: Brathay Trust/PA Wire

Matt Campbell Picture: Brathay Trust/PA Wire

Runners are set to take to the streets of Plaistow in memory of a former Masterchef contestant who died after collapsing during the London Marathon.

Matt Campbell Picture: Brathay Trust/PA Wire Matt Campbell Picture: Brathay Trust/PA Wire

Professional chef Matt Campbell, 29, collaped at the 22.5 mile mark - in Wapping, on the way back towards Tower Bridge - during Sunday’s race.

He received immediate medical treatment at the scene but died later in hospital.

More than £100,000 has been donated to the Brathay Trust on his JustGiving page in his memory.

In addition, hundreds of runners have also pledged to run the 3.7 miles that Matt, from the Lake District, was unable to complete.

A Facebook group, Finish for Matt, urges runners to complete the distance on Saturday and make a donation to Matt’s Justgiving page. More than 1,300 people have indicated that they will take part.

The East End Road Runners will be holding a 3.7 mile run in Matt’s honour, starting at Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, at 9am on Sunday.

Members and non-members alike are invited to take part, with the club collecting donations for the Brathay Trust, who work with vulnerable young people.

Matt, who reached the semi-finals of Masterchef: The Professionals last year, was also running in memory of his dad Martin, who died in 2016.

To make a donation to Matt’s fundraising page, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/mattcampbell-londonmarathon

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