Exeter dad one of two dead after half marathon

8 October 2018, 19:09 | Updated: 9 October 2018, 14:16

Dean Fletcher who died after Cardiff half with wif

A 32-year-old father from Exeter has been named as one of two men who suffered fatal cardiac arrests at the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday.

A 32-year-old father from Exeter has been named as one of two men who suffered fatal cardiac arrests at the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday.

Dean Fletcher collapsed at the finish line, as did 25-year-old Ben McDonald from the Vale of Glamorgan.

It was the second time he'd run the race - as it was the city where he'd met his wife Katie.

Dean, who left Cardiff University with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Accounting & Finance, returned to the Welsh capital as part of the 350 strong Team Cardiff group to raise vital funds for neuroscience and mental health, and cancer research at Cardiff University.

He then became an accountant in Exeter.

Dean has been described as an 'amazing husband and father' as he leaves behind wife Katie and young daughter Evie.

Run 4 Wales Chief Executive Matt Newman said: "This is a terrible tragedy for the families. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of both Ben and Dean.

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

"We are in close contact with the families and will continue to support them in every way we can. We ask that their privacy be respected at this time."