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Kevin Paterson death: Great Birmingham Run entrant named

Kevin Paterson
Image caption Event organisers said Kevin Paterson was local and a regular runner

A runner who collapsed and died during a half marathon in Birmingham has been named by the event's organisers.

Kevin Paterson, 36, received medical treatment after collapsing close to the finish line of the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on Sunday.

Organisers Nova International said Mr Paterson, who lived locally, had complained of feeling unwell to medical personnel in Broad Street.

He was taken to City Hospital and the cause of death is not yet known.

In a statement Nova International said: "He received immediate treatment from medical experts from the moment of his collapse and during his transfer to Birmingham City Hospital.

'Regular runner'

"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene and hospital staff, they were unable to save him.

"The cause of death will be the subject of a post mortem.

"Kevin lived locally and was married without children. He was a regular runner and enthusiastic sports fan who had trained for the event.

"The family would like to thank the medical staff for their valiant efforts to save Kevin, and the public for their kind messages of sympathy and support.

"They have now asked for privacy at this extremely difficult time as they try to come to terms with their loss."

About 13,000 runners out of 18,000 registered took part in the event that began at 10:10 BST.

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