Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tragic News

I’ve heard that one runner called Frank Haines, from London, died in Connemara on Sunday. He was only 31. He was running the half, and collapsed on top of the Hell, 11 miles in. The medical services were there immediately and tried to revive him, but their efforts were in vain. I’m shocked about those news, and of course they put a dampener on the positive recollections I had from the weekend. I can’t understand how a (presumably) healthy person can die after only 11 miles. My condolences go to his friends and family (who were in Connemara at the time).


  1. Oh, that's a hard one. We had a guy collapse and die in a half I ran - turns out he wasn't in the race but was just out for his usual run. I guess sometimes it's the hidden heart disease, and yes, even someone that young can have it. Sometimes a piece of plaque dislodges from an artery wall and causes a blockage, some people have unknown defects that can cause an unexpected problem. It is always so shocking.

  2. That's a hard one. We lost a coworker last summer on the Rhine bridge between the Rhineland-Pfalz and Baden. He was riding his bike to work like he does every morning (36K/23M) and collapsed on the uphill portion of the bridge. He was 36 years old and super fit. He was also a father of two little girls, really sad...