Two runners suffer cardiac arrests after finishing Half Marathon

Two Cardiff half-marathon runners – men in their 20s and 30s – die after collapsing with cardiac arrests at the finish line

  • 25,000 runners took part in the race this year in it’s 15th anniversary 
  • The men were treated for cardiac arrests after crossing the finishing line
  • South Wales Police have confirmed the men both tragically died in hospital 
  • Jack Rayner from Australia won the men’s race with a time of 1:01:01 and Juliet Chekwel from Uganda was victorious in the women’s race with a time of 1:09:45

Two runners have collapsed and died moments after finishing the Cardiff half marathon.

One of the athletes was a man in his thirties who was taken ill in front of his wife and one-year-old child.

The other was a man in his twenties who completed the race with his girlfriend who tragically saw him collapse. 

South Wales Police have confirmed both had tragically died in hospital.

Organisers of the Cardiff Half-Marathon said everyone connected with the race was ‘devastated’

More than 25,000 people took part in the race which started at Cardiff Castle at 10am this morning

The event, organised by Run4Wales, started at Cardiff Castle at 10am today.

Run 4 Wales Chief Executive Matt Newman said: ‘This is a terrible tragedy for the families. Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends.

‘The emergency services reacted to this terrible situation with great speed and professionalism.

‘Everyone connected with the race is devastated.’

‘They unfortunately become the first fatalities in the 15 year history of the race.

‘Both runners were immediately attended to by the medical emergency team on the finish line.


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‘Both were then taken to University Hospital Wales where they later died.’

25,000 people took to the streets of Cardiff for the race’s 15th anniversary.

Jack Rayner from Australia won the men’s race with a time of 1:01:01 and Juliet Chekwel from Uganda was victorious in the women’s race with a time of 1:09:45.

Tiaan Bosch was the winner of the wheelchair race. 

The popular event which started in 2003 is now the second largest half marathon in the UK, behind the Great North Run. 

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