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Statement: Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon

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It is with deep regret the Cardiff Half Marathon organisers, Run 4 Wales, have to announce that two runners in this year’s event have died after suffering cardiac arrests at the finish line.

Run 4 Wales Chief Executive Matt Newman said: “This is a terrible tragedy for the families. Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends.

“The emergency services reacted to this terrible situation with great speed and professionalism. Everyone connected with the race is devastated.”

They unfortunately become the first fatalities in the 15 year history of the race. Since Run 4 Wales took over managing the event in 2012, there have been 116,049 finishers in what has grown to become the second biggest half marathon in the UK.

Both runners were immediately attended to by the medical emergency team on the finish line. Both were then taken to University Hospital Wales, Heath, Cardiff where they later died.

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