Two men die after finishing 2018 Cardiff Marathon

Two men die after finishing 2018 Cardiff Marathon

Two runners have died after competing in Sunday's Cardiff Half Marathon, police and organisers have confirmed.

Two individuals who managed to finish the 2018 Cardiff Marathon died as a result of a cardiac arrest, organisers say. The pair, aged 25 and 32, only went in the cardiac arrest right after crossing the line.

The BBC reports that about 20,000 people took part this year. It was the race's 15th anniversary.

The deceased, both men, were treated on the finishing line before being taken to Cardiff's University Hospital Wales.

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Chief organiser for the race Matt Newman is quoted as saying: "This is a terrible tragedy for the families. Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends. Everyone connected with the race is devastated."

"They unfortunately become the first fatalities in the 15 year history of the race."

The police in Wales have said the men's next-of-kin have been notified.

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Over the years, health professionals have warned of the risks involved in people undertaking sporting events that may not agree with their cardiac system.

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