Unexpected deaths are both disturbing and heartbreaking. Imagine having a pleasant day and then learning about someone’s untimely demise. It simply cannot sink. Yet, this is precisely what occurred with the remarkable experienced Steve Shanks, a Londoner.
Who Was Steve Shanks?
Steve Shanks, from Bingham, Nottingham, was a seasoned marathon runner. He was a member of the Redhill Road Runners, a sociable Nottingham running group. Steve was only 45 years old when he died unexpectedly on April 23, 2023.
His Sudden Demise
According to an announcement from the race organizers, Steve Shanks of Nottingham died on his way home after finishing Sunday’s London Marathon. The reason for death was unknown at the time. Shanks had previously raced in several marathons, according to the race organizers. He was shown with his finishers medal at a local tavern just hours before collapsing.
Jessica, his wife, posted on Facebook to share the news of her husband’s death, which she described as “sudden and unexpected.” Her post:
“It’s with great sadness, that I wish to announce the loss of my wonderful husband, Stephen Shanks. His passing was sudden & out of the blue. He was returning home having spent the day participating in the London Marathon. As you can imagine I’m absolutely in shock & devastated.”
Tribute To The Runner
Everyone at London Marathon Events was deeply saddened to hear about the sudden death of Steve Shanks as he travelled home on Sunday 23 April after taking part in the London Marathon.
— TCS London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 26, 2023
In the aftermath of Shanks’ death, a fundraising benefiting persons with MS was created, along with a tribute to the runner. Matthew Clapp, the fundraiser’s organizer, said
“Steve was a keen runner never happier than running anything, from his local Parkrun to the Bob Graham Round. But he was more than just a runner he was a musician, a knitter, and a renowned quizzer possessed of extensive knowledge of terrible pop music.”
“Steve had won many club championships over all distances,” Holme Pierrepont Running Club noted in a memorial posted on its website.
“He competed in races all over Europe and was a keen park-run tourist.
“His talents were not limited to road running. He represented the club in cross country and won a club fell running championship in 2008.“