The runner who died after collapsing during the Fleet Half Marathon has been named.

Brian Hicks, 48, from Westover Road, Fleet, suffered a cardiac arrest during the event on March 16.

Penny Abbot, race director, said: “The organisers regret to confirm that a runner sadly collapsed and died while participating in the Fleet Half Marathon on Sunday.

“The runner collapsed in Crookham Road, where he was attended to promptly by our own event medical team, one of our mobile advanced life support teams arriving within two minutes of the reported collapse, before being passed to the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service [SECAmb] as a member of the public had phoned 999.

“The runner was evacuated to Frimley Park Hospital for further treatment. Sadly, despite continued care, the runner did not recover and subsequently died.

“The race organisers, Fleet & Crookham Athletic Club, deeply regret the tragic loss of life at the race and offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends.

“The Fleet Half Marathon is a well-established race now in its 33rd year. It puts the safety of participants as its top priority and a vast amount of time has gone into the planning and necessary arrangements to minimise the likelihood of a critical incident.

“All concerned in the organisation of the Fleet Half Marathon will continue to assist the authorities in all matters related to this tragic event.”

A spokesman for SECAmb confirmed two ambulances and a community first responder were sent to Crookham Road in Fleet at 12.30pm on Sunday to attend to a man, aged in his 40s, who had collapsed and was unconscious.

Mr Hick's family declined to comment and asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.