Runner dies taking part in Belfast City Marathon, after collapsing at mile six

A man in his 50’s sadly died whilst taking part in Monday’s Belfast Marathon. The runner has not yet been named.

The man, who was said to be a regular runner taking on his first marathon, collapsed at mile six of the race, whilst running along the Sydenham bypass in east Belfast, close to Victoria Park.

A spokesperson for the marathon said two ambulances were quickly at the scene to take the man to Royal Victoria Hospital. The NI Ambulance Service told the Belfast Telegraph they received an emergency call about a runner at around 9.55am: “NIAS were on the scene within four minutes having despatched a rapid response paramedic and an A&E crew. The patient was assessed and, following initial treatment at the scene, was brought by ambulance to Royal Victoria Hopsital.”

According to the BBC, two senior members of the marathon organising team went to visit the man’s family in hospital to offer their condolences. The family have asked for privacy at this sad time.  

David Seaton, chairman of the marathon board, was one of the members who visited the family to offer his sympathies. Before the tragedy, Seaton had told the BBC that this will possibly be the last Belfast Marathon, due to new legislations meaning the organisers might have to pay for policing at feature events, which would be too costly.

The marathon took place on the hottest Bank Holiday Monday on record. It is not yet known whether the heat played a part in this sad event, however the PSNI have confirmed the death is not being treated as suspicious.

This comes after the death of Matt Campbell, a 29-year-old Masterchef star, who sadly collapsed at the London Marathon in April. 

All of us at Runner's World extend our sympathies to the runner's friends and family.