Afghan veteran, 31, dies during marathon

Captain David Seath
Captain David Seath

An Afghanistan veteran and Green Beret who “lived life on the edge and to the full” died after collapsing at the 23-mile mark while running the London Marathon.

Captain David Seath, originally from Cowdenbeath in Fife, was a fire support team commander in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

The 31-year-old suffered a suspected cardiac arrest while running the 26.2-mile course on Sunday – he leaves behind his parents Libby and Pete, brother Gary and girlfriend Gaby Judd.

His mother Libby Seath said: “David has achieved more in 31 years than most people do in 70.

“He lived his life on the edge and to the full. He was running to raise money for Help For Heroes, a cause which was very important to him.”

London Marathon organisers confirmed he collapsed at the 23-mile mark, receiving “immediate medical attention”, but that he later died in hospital.

Friends and colleagues of the Army captain are now vowing to “complete what he started” – finishing the marathon course for him and continuing to raise cash for his chosen charity.

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Cresswell, commanding officer of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, added: “The regiment was devastated to learn of the tragic loss of Captain Dave Seath.

“Dave was an outstanding commando officer, a natural leader and a true gentleman.”