Saturday, September 3, 2011

Long Distance Running Kills.

Vincent Maudieu, 30, collapsed just metres from the finish line at about 10.15am after running the half-marathon at the City to Surf yesterday.
Paramedics at the event attended to the French man for 15 minutes before transporting him to Royal Perth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



FOUR runners have suffered serious burns after a bushfire swept into the race route and trapped them in a gorge during an ultramarathon event in WA's Kimberley region. Two women, aged 36 and 24, are in a critical condition at Darwin Hospital, having suffered burns over 60 to 80 per cent of their bodies.

Two men, aged in their 40s and 50s, have suffered burns over 10 to 20 per cent of their bodies and are in a serious condition following the incident about 5pm (WST) yesterday. They will be flown from Kununurra to Perth today.
 The race has been called off.

Ms Hill said the four people had been competing in the Kimberley Ultramarathon when a bushfire trapped them in a gorge at El Questro Station near Kununurra.
The Ultramarathon, part of the Racing the Planet Series, was being staged over 100km of outback between Kununurra, the Gibb River Road and El Questro Wilderness Park, from September 2 to 4.

Sport Minister Terry Waldron said last month that the race, which would attract 100 competitors from 30 countries, would be a "fantastic opportunity" to showcase the region to the world.

On the event's Facebook page today, organisers said the race had been cancelled with all competitors removed from the course due to bushfires in the area.


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