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Air ambulance called out after runner collapses at Norfolk race run for its benefit

PUBLISHED: 10:30 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:31 08 June 2017

The former airbase hosted the Mike Groves 10k race.

 Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The former airbase hosted the Mike Groves 10k race. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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Organisers of a race run to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) had to call it out after a runner collapsed.

Coltishall Jaguars’ Mike Groves 10k race on June 4 attracted a record turn-out with over 350 registering to take part.

However, spokeswoman Vicky Tovell said: “We ended up with an EAAA in attendance. We had a runner collapse and the emergency services were called.

“A doctor running the race decided to call for the EAAA. Fortunately, the individual is now well and he did not require air-lifting. “He has epilepsy and suffered a prolonged seizure. He’s with Ryston Runners. I’m not sure of the total donation yet.”

The race was run at the former airbase at RAF Coltishall, now Scottow Enterprise Park. The original Mike Groves race in 2000 was named by the club’s founder Alan Groves in memory of his son Michael, who died in a traffic accident.

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