A participant in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday has sadly died, organisers have confirmed.

Matt Campbell, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and, although he received immediate medical treatment on the scene from race doctors, he died later in hospital.

Mr Campbell was 29 years old and a professional chef and keen marathon runner from the Lake District.

Photo: Twitter – Matt Campbell (right)

In a statement, the London Marathon organisers said: “Matt was a well-known chef who featured in Masterchef: The Professionals last year, inspiring viewers with his Nutritional Gastronomy movement and forward-thinking ideas.

“He was running for The Brathay Trust and in memory of his father, Martin, who died in the summer of 2016.

“Matt’s family today paid tribute to their inspirational son and brother, who was a keen marathon runner and had earlier this month completed the Manchester Marathon in under 3 hours.

“Matt’s chosen charity, The Brathay Trust, inspires vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives: his fundraising page is here.”

Mr Campbell had participated in the Greater Manchester Marathon two weeks ago where he ran 2:56:50.

Organisers added: “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.”

By 7pm on Sunday evening 40,255 had crossed the finish line on the hottest race day on record exceeding last year’s total by 768 runners.

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