Tributes pour in for mum of 2 who died after Swindon Parkrun collapse

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Tracie McGrory


TRIBUTES have poured in for a mother-of-two who died after collapsing at Lydiard Park on Saturday morning.

Tracie McGrory collapsed just 400 metres into Swindon Parkrun.

Runners, volunteers, park wardens and police all went to her aid before she was taken to hospital by ambulance.

She died at Great Western Hospital with her husband, Brian, and teenage daughters at her side.

Swindon Parkrun issued a statement saying: “It is with great sadness we have to inform you all that Swindon parkrunner, Tracie McGrory, passed away on Saturday morning.

“Many of you at Swindon parkrun that day will know that a lady collapsed only 400 metres from the start line.

“She was immediately attended to by the parkrun community, volunteers, Lydiard Park wardens, police officers and medical professionals as well as paramedics but sadly never recovered.

“Tracie passed away shortly after arriving at the Great Western Hospital surrounded by her husband and their two teenage daughters.

“Our thoughts are with Tracie’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support on Saturday morning. Many medically trained parkrunners stopped to help Tracie and other volunteers helped to divert the course so that the run could continue safely.

“Lydiard Park staff ensured that everyone at the scene received hot drinks, care and attention afterwards in the warmth of the Park Warden’s office. We can’t thank you enough.

“Tracie’s husband would also like to thank everyone who tried to help her and has been touched by the support she was given on Saturday. He has said that she passed away doing something that she loved.

“We will be holding a minute’s silence in memory of Tracie this Saturday at Swindon parkrun.”

Husband Brian McGrory posted on Facebook: “As some of you may already know we are sad to share the news that yesterday Tracie suddenly passed away she was loved by many of you and she will be dearly missed by us as a family.”

Among the many comments posted below in tribute to Tracie, who worked for pet charity Blue Cross, Lizzy Marie Heritage said: “You and your family are in our thoughts xx My last conversation with Tracie was about cakes and we giggled during our chat. This is how I shall remember her, loving and laughing. She will be missed xxx

Hannah Wiltshire wrote: “Utterly terrible news, she was the most genuine, caring and compassionate person I’ve met. Deepest condolences to your family.”

Sarah Bulman said: “My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for this news xxxxxxx” 
Sue Malin wrote :”So shocked and deeply saddened by this awful news – so very hard to take it in. My thoughts are with you all, particularly the girls. Tracie was a well-loved colleague, always there for every one of us with her terrific sense of humour and cheery smile. She will be greatly missed.”
Julie Zerebecki said: “My condolences to you and your girls Brian.
I worked with Tracie at Abbey National. Such a lovely lady, she will be missed!” 
And Kate Amor posted: “Our thoughts are with you all, we were so sorry to hear this sad news. Tracie was such a beautiful, kind and compassionate person. She will be missed by us all. Lots of love Chris, Kate, Ellie, Mollie & Emilia xxxxx”

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