Sheffield collapse runner back in hospital

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A SHEFFIELD runner who was hospitalised after he suffered from heatstroke and dehydration in the city’s half marathon has been re-admitted to hospital.

Simon Hope, aged 27, collapsed at mile 12 of Sunday’s race and was rushed to the Northern General Hospital and taken to intensive care.

The experienced runner was put on a life support machine but woke up at around 5pm on Sunday afternoon.

His father Jim Hope, 53, from Burncross, collected him from hospital on Monday.

But yesterday the dad of nine-month-old twin girls, from Walkley, was taken back into hospital because he started vomiting.

Jim said: “He’s not been right since he came out but we thought it was because of the drugs.

“He has had to go back in to hospital because he kept being sick.”

Mr Hope said his son had trained for the race and was on track to beat his personal best of one hour and 35 minutes when he started behaving strangely.

A doctor who saw him recognised his symptoms as being the result of heatstroke, fatigue and dehydration and the emergency services were alerted.

Mr Hope is now urging runners to make sure they take simple steps while running in the hot weather to avoid dehydration and sunstroke.

They include carrying water and drinking regularly but not too much, wearing a cap and putting on sunscreen.

n See www.thestar.co.uk for the full race results and photos.