Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Brooks Fleet Half Marathon runner dies from cardiac arrest

A father has died after he collapsed during a half marathon race.

Brian Hicks, 48, from Fleet fell ill towards the end of the Fleet Half Marathon in Hampshire on Sunday.

Ambulance crews were called to Crookham Road in the town at about 12:30 GMT where the man in his 40s had collapsed and was unconscious.

Race organisers from Fleet & Crookham Athletic Club said they "deeply regret the tragic loss of life at the race" and offered condolences to the family.

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said Mr Hicks had suffered a cardiac arrest.

The half marathon has been running since 1982 and is seen as a build-up to the London Marathon.

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