Man Dies After Southend Half Marathon

A man has died after collapsing at the finishing line of a the Southend half marathon.

Medics rushed to treat the runner in his 30s, yesterday lunchtime (Sunday June 8th), but he died soon after.

He had been among the 2,133 runners who had taken part in the race along Shoebury East Beach.

The event was raising money for the Havens Hospices Group who's spokesman said: ``The male runner collapsed at the finish line and treatment was given immediately by the on-site medic team, then transferred to the medical tent where he was treated by a senior doctor, but he sadly died a short while afterwards. His next of kin have been informed.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.''

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Police were called to a medical tent at Ness Road just after midday after a man had collapsed.

"Medical staff tried in vain to revive the man who was aged in his 30s.

"There were no suspicious circumstances and a report will be prepared for the coroner.''

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