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Runner died competing in Fleet Half Marathon

Organisers of the Brooks Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon have confirmed that a male runner died during the event on Sunday March 16

Fleet Half Marathon runners on Sunday March 16

A man died while running in the Fleet Half Marathon, organisers have revealed.

The competitor, who has not yet been named, collapsed towards the end of the route in Crookham Road during the event on Sunday (March 16).

He received immediate medical attention but his death was confirmed to race organisers early on Sunday evening.

Race director Penny Abbott, of half marathon organisers Fleet and Crookham Athletic Club, said in a statement on Monday morning: "We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and our immediate concern is for the family.

"We will not be releasing any further details and we would ask for your understanding in this matter."

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed that two ambulances and a community first responder were sent to Crookham Road, in Fleet, at 12.30pm to attend to a man, aged in his 40s, who had collapsed and was unconscious.

"Medical staff and stewards were already on the scene helping him," he added. "Everyone worked together in an attempt to resuscitate the man and he was taken to Frimley Park Hospital.

"We thank everyone for their help."

Thousands of runners took part in the 33rd annual run, also known as the Brooks Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon, which was unusually warm for this time of year. Participants raised money for 55 different charities this year.

 
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