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2 runners die after completing marathon race



Two people have died after collapsing at the finish line of the Cardiff half marathon.

The runners are believed to have had cardiac arrests after taking part in the annual race alongside 25,000 competitors.

An emergency team attended to both people on the finish line, who were taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where they died.

Half marathon organisers Run 4 Wales said the deaths were the first in the event’s 15-year history. “This is a terrible tragedy for the families. Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends,” said chief executive Matt Newman.

“The emergency services reacted to this terrible situation with great speed and professionalism. Everyone connected with the race is devastated.”

The race started at 10am on Sunday on a route that passed via the Wales Millennium Centre, the Cardiff Bay Barrage and Roath Park.

The marathon is the second-biggest half marathon in the UK, behind the Great North Run in Newcastle, attracting thousands of runners every year.

The deaths follow a fatality at the London marathon in February when 29-year-old MasterChef contestant Matt Campbell collapsed during record temperatures at the event.



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