Man in his 30s died after running a half-marathon

Start line of a race

Start line of a race

A man, who has not been named, died after running the Southend half-marathon in Shoeburyness, England, on Sunday.

The man was in his 30s and collapsed after finishing the event and was taken to the medical tent where paramedics attempted to resuscitate him. He died in the tent.

“The male runner collapsed at the finish line and treatment was given immediately by the on-site medic team,” said a representative of the event in a statement. “He was then transferred to the medical tent where he was treated by a senior doctor, but he sadly died a short while afterwards. His next of kin have been informed.”

According to police, there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

The event was run in 25C temperatures, fairly high for comfortable longer distance races and about five degrees above seasonal averages in the region, although not particularly uncommon.

Every so often there are deaths at road races. Victims are often otherwise healthy, young to middle-aged men with undiagnosed heart conditions. In thinking about these events it is important to remember most activities do have inherent risks and the vast majority of runners have no reason to worry.