FAMILY and friends of the late Captain David Seath will join the local community for a commemorative run in his memory on Sunday.

The 5k event will take place in Dunfermline's Pittencrieff Park to mark the first anniversary of his death while running the 2016 London Marathon.

Captain Seath, who was from Crossgates, collapsed 3.2 miles short of the finish line on Upper Thames Street, and later passed away in hospital.

The 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery officer cared passionately about the positive health and well-being of the men under his care and veteran welfare, and so chose to run in support of Help for Heroes.

One year on, participants will run, walk and dog-jog the 5km route - which closely equates to the 3.2 miles Captain David Seath tragically did not finish in London - and the event will be officially opened by Provost Jim Leishman.

The event has been organised by his brother Gary, who established the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund which provides financial support through Help for Heroes to service personnel and veterans, who have experienced physical and psychological trauma in service of their country.

To date, 174 financial grants have been awarded with over £250,000 being raised and donated in memory of Captain David Seath.

Gary said: "I wish to thank everyone, within the local community and beyond, who has signed-up to participate in The Captain David Seath 5km Memorial Run event at Pittencrieff Park.

"I felt it was important to establish the event to provide an opportunity for family, friends and the wider community to come together as a means of commemoration but, most importantly, celebrate David’s life.

"I am sure the event will prove highly emotional but I am confident in its success in terms of commemoration, celebration and providing a real demonstration of solidarity within the local community."

Whilst the event commences in Dunfermline, a team of friends and former Army colleagues of Captain Seath will prepare to retrace his steps by running the London Marathon. So far, the team have raised over £4000 in support of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund through their respective Just Giving pages.

Alistair Lockhart, director of fundraising with Help for Heroes, said: "Thanks to the fundraising David started and his family and friends are continuing in his name, more than 170 lives have already been transformed, through individual grants we have made in David’s name.

"For those suffering an injury or illness due to service, their recovery can last a lifetime. We continue to rely almost entirely on public support and we are exceptionally grateful to David's family, friends and colleagues for every penny raised in his memory, as each one really does make a difference."