Man, 26, dies after taking part in Great Bristol Run

10 k runners making their way through the course at yesterday's run
The Great Bristol Run, Sunday 19 May 2024 taking place today in Bristol. 10 k runners making their way through the course. PHOTO:PAUL GILLIS / Reach Plc -Credit:PAUL GILLIS / Reach PLC

A participant in the Great Bristol Run has died after collapsing during the event. The organisers of the Great Run confirmed that a 26-year-old runner died following his participation in the race.

The man, who was in his 20s, received immediate medical attention at the scene before being rushed to hospital, where he sadly passed away. The cause of his death remains unknown and will be determined through a medical investigation. The family has requested privacy and does not wish to disclose any further information at this time, as reports Bristol Live.

The full statement from Great Run Company said: "With great sadness, The Great Run Company can confirm the death of a participant at the Great Bristol Run held on Sunday, 19 May 2024. A 26-year-old male collapsed, was treated by medics, and later passed away in hospital. The next of kin have been informed."

"Everyone involved in the organisation of the Great Bristol Run would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the participant. In accordance with the wishes of the family no further details will be released. The cause of death will be determined later through medical examination."

"We take the health and safety of all participants very seriously and we work hard to ensure our events are delivered safely. All event plans are rigorously assessed and signed off by the Bristol Safety Advisory Group for Events (SAGE), and align with best practice in the UK."

Both the half marathon and 10k events started at the same point, with half marathon runners heading out and back on the A4 Portway, whereas 10k runners looped back into the city via Cumberland Road.