Runner dies after Cardiff half marathon

6 October 2019, 16:51

A record number of runners took part in the 2019 half marathon
A record number of runners took part in the 2019 half marathon. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

Run 4 Wales, the organisation behind the half marathon, have announced that there was a fatality at this year’s event.

A runner has died after the Cardiff half marathon, organisers have confirmed.

Run 4 Wales Chief Executive, Matt Newman, said: "Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the runner who tragically passed away after taking part at the event."

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

It has been reported that the runner was attended to by the race medical team and then taken to the University Hospital of Wales.

The runner died at the hospital.

No more information has been given on the person but further statements will be made in due course.

Matt Jukes, chief constable of South Wales Police, tweeted: "Terribly sad news. My thoughts are with all those affected."

In 2018, Ben McDonald, 25, from Cardiff, and Dean Fletcher, 32, from Exeter, died after taking part in the race.

A record 27,500 runners signed up to take part in the 2019 event.