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A male runner has been taken to hospital after collapsing at the Blaydon race this Saturday. The name and age of the runner has not been revealed, but he was said to have been resuscitated after collapsing at the scene, on the south side of Scotswood Bridge, by a paramedic after suspected cardiac arrest.
The runner was taken to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for treatment after 4pm on Saturday.
The annual race is steeped in history, having been organised annually by Blaydon H & AC since 1981. Aimed at top athletes and fun runners, the turnout has grown massively over the years.
A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance service said: “We had a specialist paramedic, who was trained in dealing with trauma patients, close to the runner, who collapsed just after the Scotswood Bridge, heading into Blaydon.
“It was a couple of minutes after 4pm. The trauma paramedic successfully resuscitated the runner and he was transported to the cardiac unit at the Freeman Hospital.”
According to Twitter, the ambulance and police services also responded to another collapsed runner on Saturday afternoon, as temperatures on Tyneside were around 20 degrees Celsius.
Luckily, both runners are reportedly ok, with a post on the official Blaydon Race Facebook page reading: “Apologies for the late start – the route has to be totally clear to traffic before you can be set off. Hopefully you just had more time to soak up the atmosphere!
“Lastly and most importantly the runners (please nobody name them) who received medical attention on route are in hospital, are ok and we have their beer on ice until they are feeling up to it!”
John Beattie of the Newham and Essex Beagles won the race, crossing the line in 26 minutes 39 seconds. Danielle Hodgkinson was the fastest female, finishing in 30 minutes 47 seconds.