Runner dies after Reigate half-marathon

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Image caption Thousands of runners started and finished Reigate Half Marathon in Priory Park

A man has died in hospital after collapsing while taking part in the Reigate half-marathon in Surrey.

The man, in his 20s and from Battersea, south west London, was taken ill during Sunday's event.

South East Coast Ambulance said paramedics were called to Priory Park at 11:15 BST to reports a man had collapsed and was not breathing.

Attempts were made to resuscitate him but he died at East Surrey Hospital.

Surrey Police said the man's death was being treated as unexplained but there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

'Deeply saddened'

His next of kin have been informed and a file will be passed to the coroner, a police spokeswoman said.

The runner, who has not yet been named, was also treated at the scene by the British Red Cross before paramedics arrived.

Run Reigate and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council said the man became ill during the half-marathon, which was the first to be held in the town.

"We are deeply saddened by what has happened and we extend our condolences to family and friends," said leader of the council, Victor Broad.

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Image caption A fitness and food festival also took place in Priory Park during the day

Surrey county councillor Natalie Bramhill, who represents Redhill West, tweeted on Sunday that a young man died at the event.

"Terribly sad news, thoughts go out to his family," she said.

Thousands of runners took part in the half-marathon, in aid of three local charities.

The Children's Trust at Tadworth, East Surrey Samaritans and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance will benefit from funds raised at the event.

The route, which started and finished in Priory Park, passed through Woodhatch, Meath Green and Ironsbottom and alongside Reigate Heath.

Runners set off at 09:00 BST, with some roads closed for short periods.

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Image caption Councillor Natalie Bramhill tweeted that a young man had died at the half-marathon

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