Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Runners 'Drop like Flies' in Scorching Heat

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Runners 'Drop like Flies' in Scorching Heat

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Byline: Matt Watts and Jamie Bullen

DOZENS of runners taking part in Hackney's half-marathon needed medical treatment after collapsing in scorching heat.

Participants in the Run Hackney event were "dropping like flies" because of exhaustion worsened by high temperatures, witnesses said.

The mercury hit a high of 27.1C in central London, leading organisers to bring the final stage of yesterday's race down to walking pace. Runner James Caven, 25, of Finsbury Park, said: "At about 11 miles I saw someone collapse. About five people stopped and came to his aid.

"The route turned back and I saw he was slumped against the wall, under a railway bridge, being given water. He was okay luckily. By the 12th mile the fences were lined with people who had collapsed."

Peter Holt, who also took part in the race, wrote on Facebook: "People seemed to be dropping like flies from mile 10 St John [Ambulance], the police and London Ambulance Service looked seriously busy. …

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