19 Nov

parkrun unites after death at Middlesbrough

Stewart parkrun

The parkrun community has come together after the devastating news that a man taking part at the Stewart Park event has died. Four ambulances arrived quickly on the scene after he collapsed on Saturday morning (16 November) yet he was declared dead shortly after.

The parkrunner is yet to be identified however the man’s family has been informed. A statement on the Stewart parkrun Facebook page read: Following our earlier post, it is with great sadness that I am able to confirm that the runner involved in the medical emergency this morning has died. We are unable to identify the runner at this time but can provide assurances that his family are aware.

“Once again I would like to thank all involved in assisting this morning. Parkrun do have support services in place and if anyone feels like they would benefit from these please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our thoughts are with everyone touched by this incident.”

The statement brought with it a series of heartfelt responses from the parkrun community and beyond. Diane Mawer commented: “Such awful news - and sending love from all of us at Hull parkrun - to the family, and everyone involved, at Stewart parkrun...so so sorry,” while Wendy Henshall Leech said: “So very sorry to hear this. Sending you love, support and prayers from Chadderton Hall parkrun.”

runABC North would like to express its condolences at this difficult time.