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Fourth marathon death in three weeks
02 May 2016 @ 10:49

ANOTHER runner has died during a marathon – the fourth in less than a month.

The latest victim is a 43-year-old man from Castro Urdiales (Cantabria) taking part in the TrailRAE race in Otañes, a half-marathon along mountain tracks.

Other competitors called for help, warning that the runner appeared to be in a serious condition, and a 4x4 ambulance was sent out as the area where he had passed out was off-road and difficult to reach.

Paramedics spent 50 minutes trying to restart his heart and breathing, to no avail.

Emergency doctors from the nearest health centre were not far behind, and continued performing CPR after taking over from the paramedics, but were unable to revive him.

His death comes just one day after that of a 37-year-old man from Valladolid (Castilla y León) who had completed over 18 of the 21 kilometres comprising the half-marathon in Gijón (Asturias) when he collapsed with a cardiac arrest, which he never came round from.

Another runner suffered a heart attack during the same race and was rushed to hospital.


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