Family and friends of David Colley, who died during the Great North Run, have set up a fundraising page

More than £2000 has so far been raised via a fundraising page set up by the family and friends of David Colley, who died during the Morrisons Great North Run on Sunday (September 13).

The 58-year-old from Hull collapsed in the closing stages of the half-marathon event and passed away from natural causes, race organisers said.

By Wednesday afternoon (September 16), more than 250 people had made a donation via the JustGiving page in Colley’s memory, with money raised going to the British Heart Foundation.

“David was a regular runner who loved taking part in the Great North Run,” read the fundraising page. “He was a wonderful husband and father and we are so grateful for everyone’s thoughts, kind words and support.

“If you wish to make a donation, please donate to the British Heart Foundation.”

Following news of the death of Colley, who had run the Great North Run several times in the past decade, The Great Run Company said: “We deeply regret the loss of life of a participant at the Great North Run and offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the individual concerned.”

You can find the fundraising page here.