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Everything we know so far after two runners die after completing Cardiff Half Marathon; There have been hundreds of messages of condolences for the families.

Byline: Thomas Deacon

Two men who had run theCardiff Half Marathontragically died after crossing the finish line of the race.

The news emerged after the more than 19,000 people completed the 13.1 mile race.

Organisers sent a heartfelt message to the family and friends of the two men, who have not been named publicly.

Two men died

Two men, one aged 25 and the other aged 32, died after having cardiac arrests at the finish line.

They were both treated at a medical facility which had b

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een set up after the finish.

Both runners were immediately attended to by the medical emergency team, according to organisers.

Emergency services praised

The Ambulance Service said it received a call at around 12.15pm.

The men were later taken by road ambulance to theUniversity Hospital of Waleswhere both later died.

In a statement, Run 4 Wales Chief Executive Matt Newman said: "The emergency services reacted to this terrible situation with great speed and professionalism."

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Live updates: Two runners have died after taking part in Cardiff Half Marathon 2018

'A terrible tragedy'

Mr Newman added: "This is a terrible tragedy for the families. Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends.

"Everyone connected with the race is devastated.

"They unfortunately become the first fatalities in the 15 year history of the race.

"Since Run 4 Wales took over managing the event in 2012, there have been 116,049 finishers in what has grown to become the second biggest half marathon in the UK."

Charity Welsh Hearts/Calonnau Cymru reacted to the news saying: "Such terrible news. To have two people die of a cardiac arrest at the same event in Wales is just unthinkable.

"We will get in touch with Cardiff Half Marathon to see if there is anything we can do".

What police have said

A South Wales Police spokesman confirmed the force was aware of the incident and that the men's next of kin had been informed.

There have been hundreds of messages of support for the families

Other competitors and running clubs from around the UK have been among those sending messages of condolence to the families involved.

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People taking part in this year's race

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Runners taking part in this year's race

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Date:Oct 7, 2018
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