Runner dies metres from finish line of Swansea Half Marathon

A young male runner died after collapsing close to the finish line at the Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday.

A statement on the Swansea Half Marathon website said: ‘With regret, we can confirm a participant has died at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd June 2019.

‘We are working closely with all emergency services into the circumstances of the incident.

‘Our deepest condolences go to their family and friends at this time.’

The cause of the runner’s death is not yet known.

Witnesses described seeing a ‘young lad’ falling around 150 yards from the end of the 13-mile race, in front of spectators.

More than 5,000 people are understood to have taken part in the half marathon as well as the associated wheelchair race, a ‘family dash’ and a 2km fun run.

The route takes runners along Swansea Bay and to the village of Mumbles – said to be a haunt of Catherine Zeta-Jones and poet Dylan Thomas.

Spectators and runners took to social media after the race to speak of their shock at the tragic death.

Alan Whiffin tweeted: ‘Swansea half marathon done today in 2hr 18 – really enjoyed it, but just found out the devastating news that a fello runner collapsed and died during the race.

‘Such a tragedy for someone so fit and healthy. RIP.’

Another said: ‘Just heard that someone died during the Swansea Half marathon. Sad news. Never expect that when setting off. Condolences to family and friends.’

It follows the deaths of two runners at the Cardiff Half Marathon last autumn.

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