Wales

Swansea Half Marathon death: Runner collapsed near finish

Runners at Swansea Half Marathon Image copyright Swansea Bay TV
Image caption About 10,000 people were expected to take part in the race

A Swansea Half Marathon runner collapsed just metres from the finish line and died later in hospital, police have confirmed.

The man collapsed in Adelaide Street, Swansea, at about 13:20 BST on Sunday.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and the coroner has been informed, South Wales Police said.

First aiders tried to help the man, who was taken to the city's Morriston Hospital where he later died.

A St John Cymru spokesman said: "The patient received prompt attention before being transported to Morriston Hospital.

"Our sincere condolences go to the patient's family and friends at this difficult time."

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Image caption Adelaide Street was just metres from the end of the race

About 10,000 people were expected to take part in the 13.1-mile (21km) race which began outside Brangwyn Hall and ran alongside Swansea Bay.

This death follows two at the Cardiff Half Marathon in October 2018, when two men both went into cardiac arrest after crossing the finish line.

Swansea Half Marathon was voted the UK's best half marathon in 2017 and 2018, according to the UK running awards.

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