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London Marathon 2016: Scottish funeral for army captain David Seath

Capt David Seath Image copyright MOD handout
Image caption Capt David Seath grew up in Scotland and had been based in Plymouth

The funeral of an Afghanistan veteran who died after collapsing during the London Marathon will be held in Fife.

Capt David Seath, 31, from Cowdenbeath but based in Plymouth, Devon, was a fire support team commander in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

He suffered a suspected cardiac arrest while running the 26.2 mile course on 24 April and later died in hospital.

He will be laid to rest following a funeral in Dunfermline on Thursday.

The service will be held at St Margaret's RC Memorial Church in the town and will be led by parish priest Father Chris Heenan.

23-mile mark

A family notice published in the Dunfermline Press said the service would be a "celebration of David's life", and mourners are encouraged to wear bright colours.

Capt Seath fell ill at the 23-mile mark while taking part in the race.

His girlfriend subsequently told how his death has left a "devastatingly large hole in our lives".

Gaby Schoenberger paid tribute to him on Facebook last week, and thanked the public for their support.

She wrote: "I cannot begin to describe the pain that I, his family and friends are feeling right now. It doesn't make sense, and a character like his being taken away so viciously leaves such a devastatingly large hole in our lives.

"I don't know how we are going to fill that hole, get through it or even come to terms with it, but your support is so appreciated and like a blanket for us during these dark times."

Following his death, Capt Seath's friends and colleagues vowed to continue to raise money for his chosen charity, Help for Heroes.

More than £100,000 has been donated to a JustGiving page in his memory, while over £77,000 has been raised for the charity on his own page.

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