UPDATED: Young runner dies after collapsing during marathon

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A young man has died taking part in the Brighton Marathon.

He was attended to by paramedics at the 16 mile mark, near Grand Avenue in Hove.

A spokesman for the Royal Sussex County Hospital confirmed a 23-year-old man collapsed on the course at about 11.45am.

Medical teams were in attendance immediately and made attempts to resuscitate him.

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton by ambulance where doctors continued to give him treatment.

However, he died at about 2.30pm.

A spokesman for the Royal Sussex said his family have been informed.

One runner, who asked not to be named, said medical staff were giving the runner CPR at the side of the course.

She said it was "extremely upsetting".

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5:39pm Sun 14 Apr 13

season says...

how very sad RIP mister
how very sad RIP mister season
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5:42pm Sun 14 Apr 13

exbtnbabe says...

This is very sad so young and doing such a good thing R.I.P xxxxxx
This is very sad so young and doing such a good thing R.I.P xxxxxx exbtnbabe
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6:54pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Ihopenoonehasthisusername says...

So very sad. R.I.P
So very sad. R.I.P Ihopenoonehasthisusername
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7:56pm Sun 14 Apr 13

richardpowell40 says...

Sorry to hear the sad news of the 23 year old who died today. Such a shame. Good to see some famous faces watching,david walliams,zoe ball, norman cook and lorraine chase.
Sorry to hear the sad news of the 23 year old who died today. Such a shame. Good to see some famous faces watching,david walliams,zoe ball, norman cook and lorraine chase. richardpowell40
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8:05pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

richardpowell40 wrote:
Sorry to hear the sad news of the 23 year old who died today. Such a shame. Good to see some famous faces watching,david walliams,zoe ball, norman cook and lorraine chase.
Famous?
[quote][p][bold]richardpowell40[/bold] wrote: Sorry to hear the sad news of the 23 year old who died today. Such a shame. Good to see some famous faces watching,david walliams,zoe ball, norman cook and lorraine chase.[/p][/quote]Famous? Ballroom Blitz
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8:06pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

Very sad a young man died running the marathon.
Very sad a young man died running the marathon. Ballroom Blitz
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8:15pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Wiggsy says...

Puts my aches and pains into perspective.

How very sad and RIP.
Puts my aches and pains into perspective. How very sad and RIP. Wiggsy
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8:17pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Bostik says...

This makes me feel so sad to read this. No doubt was running for charity and trying to achieve a personal goal. I hope his family and friends are immensely proud of him.
R.I.P young man.
This makes me feel so sad to read this. No doubt was running for charity and trying to achieve a personal goal. I hope his family and friends are immensely proud of him. R.I.P young man. Bostik
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8:26pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Council Pounder says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
richardpowell40 wrote:
Sorry to hear the sad news of the 23 year old who died today. Such a shame. Good to see some famous faces watching,david walliams,zoe ball, norman cook and lorraine chase.
Famous?
Absolutely. I saw Tom O'Connor, host of Cross-wits. Beat that!
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]richardpowell40[/bold] wrote: Sorry to hear the sad news of the 23 year old who died today. Such a shame. Good to see some famous faces watching,david walliams,zoe ball, norman cook and lorraine chase.[/p][/quote]Famous?[/p][/quote]Absolutely. I saw Tom O'Connor, host of Cross-wits. Beat that! Council Pounder
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8:40pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Saltdean Resident says...

Our thoughts to his family and friends, very sad.
Our thoughts to his family and friends, very sad. Saltdean Resident
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9:16pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Dr.Draconian says...

Time to put a stop to this event.
In fact all marathons should be pro only events.
Time to put a stop to this event. In fact all marathons should be pro only events. Dr.Draconian
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10:06pm Sun 14 Apr 13

sussexram40 says...

Very sad. So sorry for his family and close friends.
Very sad. So sorry for his family and close friends. sussexram40
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10:19pm Sun 14 Apr 13

yellowbeargriff says...

I am aware that when a situation like this happens ones own sense of time is skewed which is why I have given rough times in my previous post.
I am aware that when a situation like this happens ones own sense of time is skewed which is why I have given rough times in my previous post. yellowbeargriff
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10:22pm Sun 14 Apr 13

yellowbeargriff says...

I am very upset and saddened to hear of this mans passing away. May he rest in peace. My thoughts to his friends and family.
I am very upset and saddened to hear of this mans passing away. May he rest in peace. My thoughts to his friends and family. yellowbeargriff
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7:32am Mon 15 Apr 13

Ihopenoonehasthisusername says...

Anyone know if he's a local lad?
Anyone know if he's a local lad? Ihopenoonehasthisusername
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7:51am Mon 15 Apr 13

RK_Brighton says...

The BBC is reporting the guy is believed to be from London.
The BBC is reporting the guy is believed to be from London. RK_Brighton
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8:38am Mon 15 Apr 13

minnie&teddy says...

very very sad this why there are no medical teams at certain points I cannot understand this is a huge event and these things need to be considered its an awful shame this young man has died but could have been saved if things had been different regarding the medical problems our thoughts are with his family RIP young man.
very very sad this why there are no medical teams at certain points I cannot understand this is a huge event and these things need to be considered its an awful shame this young man has died but could have been saved if things had been different regarding the medical problems our thoughts are with his family RIP young man. minnie&teddy
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8:45am Mon 15 Apr 13

Wiggsy says...

minnie&teddy wrote:
very very sad this why there are no medical teams at certain points I cannot understand this is a huge event and these things need to be considered its an awful shame this young man has died but could have been saved if things had been different regarding the medical problems our thoughts are with his family RIP young man.
The article states that medical teams were in attendance immediately so unsure what more you think they could have done?
[quote][p][bold]minnie&teddy[/bold] wrote: very very sad this why there are no medical teams at certain points I cannot understand this is a huge event and these things need to be considered its an awful shame this young man has died but could have been saved if things had been different regarding the medical problems our thoughts are with his family RIP young man.[/p][/quote]The article states that medical teams were in attendance immediately so unsure what more you think they could have done? Wiggsy
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8:56am Mon 15 Apr 13

fredflintstone1 says...

yellowbeargriff wrote:
This is such a shame, this happened very close to where I was watching the marathon. I saw the guy keel into the side of the road, it was past the 18 mile mark not 16, he had just turned right at the bottom of Grand Parade. It seemed to take a long time before any medical staff arrived, at one point it was a fellow runner giving him CPR. It seemed to take ages for any actual paramedics to get through (it felt like 20 minutes but maybe it was more like 15) because of all the blocked roads and having to cross the actual stream of runners, we could see the first ambulance for a good 5-10 minutes further down towards the pier before this point but it couldn't get through.
I feel like there needs to be a better way for ambulances/paramedic

s to get through, cant they just block the race for a few seconds?
When the ambulances finally started arriving there were about 5 of them. The ambulance with him in didn't leave with until about 12.15-12.30.
Very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends.

This report of what happened is quite different from the "official" version published elsewhere. There needs to be a proper investigation into what happened as a priority now, and the findings must not be hushed up. The safety of those involved should be paramount.

Very bad that the organisers haven't given a clear account.
[quote][p][bold]yellowbeargriff[/bold] wrote: This is such a shame, this happened very close to where I was watching the marathon. I saw the guy keel into the side of the road, it was past the 18 mile mark not 16, he had just turned right at the bottom of Grand Parade. It seemed to take a long time before any medical staff arrived, at one point it was a fellow runner giving him CPR. It seemed to take ages for any actual paramedics to get through (it felt like 20 minutes but maybe it was more like 15) because of all the blocked roads and having to cross the actual stream of runners, we could see the first ambulance for a good 5-10 minutes further down towards the pier before this point but it couldn't get through. I feel like there needs to be a better way for ambulances/paramedic s to get through, cant they just block the race for a few seconds? When the ambulances finally started arriving there were about 5 of them. The ambulance with him in didn't leave with until about 12.15-12.30.[/p][/quote]Very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends. This report of what happened is quite different from the "official" version published elsewhere. There needs to be a proper investigation into what happened as a priority now, and the findings must not be hushed up. The safety of those involved should be paramount. Very bad that the organisers haven't given a clear account. fredflintstone1
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12:53pm Mon 15 Apr 13

Betsie74 says...

I am so sad to hear that this young man lost his life, my thoughts are with his family and friends. I was very near where he collapsed and yellowbeargriff's version of events is entirely accurate. I am sure that everyone who attended to him did their absolute best but I would like to think that qualified medical staff would be closer on hand should something like this occur in any future marathons. It won't change anything for this young man and his family but maybe lessons could be learned for the future? RIP
I am so sad to hear that this young man lost his life, my thoughts are with his family and friends. I was very near where he collapsed and yellowbeargriff's version of events is entirely accurate. I am sure that everyone who attended to him did their absolute best but I would like to think that qualified medical staff would be closer on hand should something like this occur in any future marathons. It won't change anything for this young man and his family but maybe lessons could be learned for the future? RIP Betsie74
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1:09pm Mon 15 Apr 13

tooned_in says...

Heartbraking to pass whilst trying to raise money for others, I hope his family are coping and my very best wishes to them....a son/brother/friend to be proud of
Heartbraking to pass whilst trying to raise money for others, I hope his family are coping and my very best wishes to them....a son/brother/friend to be proud of tooned_in
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5:07pm Mon 15 Apr 13

yellowbeargriff says...

Wiggsy: as a witness I can say medical teams were not there immediately, the people who were helping him for while were passers by and one runner (perhaps he was the off duty police officer).

Betsy74: I'm glad someone else is speaking up, do you have any idea what we can/should do with this information? I guess take it to the police, however I am worried because like I said before I cannot be 100% accurate with my timings but I feel it really was longer than it should have been before any trained Brighton marathon/paramedic/s
t johns ambulance people turned up. I dont want to upset anyone by making this public but I just don't know where to go?
Wiggsy: as a witness I can say medical teams were not there immediately, the people who were helping him for while were passers by and one runner (perhaps he was the off duty police officer). Betsy74: I'm glad someone else is speaking up, do you have any idea what we can/should do with this information? I guess take it to the police, however I am worried because like I said before I cannot be 100% accurate with my timings but I feel it really was longer than it should have been before any trained Brighton marathon/paramedic/s t johns ambulance people turned up. I dont want to upset anyone by making this public but I just don't know where to go? yellowbeargriff
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5:26pm Mon 15 Apr 13

yellowbeargriff says...

Betsy74: I would urge you to either report your account here: http://www.sussex.po
lice.uk/help-centre/
report-something-onl
ine/
or go to the police with it, I feel it's the only way to help now. I'm going to.
Betsy74: I would urge you to either report your account here: http://www.sussex.po lice.uk/help-centre/ report-something-onl ine/ or go to the police with it, I feel it's the only way to help now. I'm going to. yellowbeargriff
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6:39pm Mon 15 Apr 13

fredflintstone1 says...

yellowbeargriff wrote:
Betsy74: I would urge you to either report your account here: http://www.sussex.po

lice.uk/help-centre/

report-something-onl

ine/
or go to the police with it, I feel it's the only way to help now. I'm going to.
You're absolutely right to speak out about this. Don't forget that the police should be able to check the times, based on when an abulance was called etc., so don't worry about that.

It must have been very distressing to witness as well, given the outcome, but taking that step is the most important thing that you and Betsy74 (and others who were there) can do, in the hope that something will be done. Your action now could save a life or even lives in the future.

The Argus should report this properly too, and investigate what the organisers have said (who, after all, are a profit-making company).
[quote][p][bold]yellowbeargriff[/bold] wrote: Betsy74: I would urge you to either report your account here: http://www.sussex.po lice.uk/help-centre/ report-something-onl ine/ or go to the police with it, I feel it's the only way to help now. I'm going to.[/p][/quote]You're absolutely right to speak out about this. Don't forget that the police should be able to check the times, based on when an abulance was called etc., so don't worry about that. It must have been very distressing to witness as well, given the outcome, but taking that step is the most important thing that you and Betsy74 (and others who were there) can do, in the hope that something will be done. Your action now could save a life or even lives in the future. The Argus should report this properly too, and investigate what the organisers have said (who, after all, are a profit-making company). fredflintstone1
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10:34am Tue 16 Apr 13

Mutteroo says...

Such appalling comments! In this sort of terrible situation, time moves slowly but there were medically trained St John volunteers all the way along the course. Is it going to help the poor young man's family to read some of the above comments? No.

RIP & my thoughts are with the family. I shall leave it to the marathon organisers to look into the matter & to make changes for next year as necessary.
Such appalling comments! In this sort of terrible situation, time moves slowly but there were medically trained St John volunteers all the way along the course. Is it going to help the poor young man's family to read some of the above comments? No. RIP & my thoughts are with the family. I shall leave it to the marathon organisers to look into the matter & to make changes for next year as necessary. Mutteroo
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5:38pm Tue 16 Apr 13

yellowbeargriff says...

Were you there Mutteroo?

I can understand that this might be upsetting and I have tried to remove my comment, but I don't seem to be able to, can someone from the Argus please delete my previous posts re: the medical team at the marathon.

Deepest apologies to any family members or friends I may have upset.

I am taking action but realise that maybe this isn't the venue for such venting, I was very angry at the Argus's/Brighton Marathon's version of events, it isn't accurate, the Argus haven't even bothered to update where it actually happened (beyond the 18 mile mark, NOT in Grand Avenue but on Kingsway, round the corner from the bottom of Grand Avenue, what about those that want to pay their respects?
Were you there Mutteroo? I can understand that this might be upsetting and I have tried to remove my comment, but I don't seem to be able to, can someone from the Argus please delete my previous posts re: the medical team at the marathon. Deepest apologies to any family members or friends I may have upset. I am taking action but realise that maybe this isn't the venue for such venting, I was very angry at the Argus's/Brighton Marathon's version of events, it isn't accurate, the Argus haven't even bothered to update where it actually happened (beyond the 18 mile mark, NOT in Grand Avenue but on Kingsway, round the corner from the bottom of Grand Avenue, what about those that want to pay their respects? yellowbeargriff
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