The quick thinking spectators who saved the life of this runner during a half marathon

these spectators saved the life of a runner at Pontefract Half Marathon

Mark Weave collapsed less than three miles into the Pontefract Half Marathon, but has thankfully made a full recovery thanks to the actions of two quick thinking spectators. Weaver, aged-49, was less than three miles into the 13.1 mile race on Sunday when he collapsed.

Luckily, off-duty nurses Kirsty Shepard and Laura Royston heard calls for help and were able to get to Weaver in seconds. Kirsty told a local newspaper: “we’d seen most of the people go past and we were about to move to the next vantage point when I heard this shout for a first aider.

“We were there within about a minute, he was literally metres away from us. We looked at him and knew straight away that he was going to need quite a lot of input. I just automatically went into A&E mode. We realised he wasn’t breathing correctly and started CPR, he didn’t have a pulse.

“I didn’t think about it, I just went straight in and thought ‘you’re not going to die on me.’”

Once paramedics arrived, Weaver was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where doctors fitted a stent in his heart to help blood flow. He had also suffered a collapsed lung.

Read: What to do if you see a fellow runner in trouble, plus how to perform CPR 

Weaver’s wife, Diane, has praised Kirsty and Laura’s quick response, saying without them he would not have survived. Telling Wakefield Express, “they told us to expect a lot of brain damage because he had been dead for 10 minutes, but he’s back to normal. His recovery has been fantastic, better than I ever could have expected.

“The nurse said if it wasn’t for the immediate CPR he would be dead. We will never be able to thank all the people who helped him, they were absolutely fantastic.”

Pontefract Half Marathon have tweeted updates on Weaver’s condition since Sunday, confirming that those who helped Mark at the roadside have “been given a free place for life to use or give as a gift, each year it is theirs to do with as they will.” They have also confirmed they will be donating money to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.