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Video, photo gallery: Man critical in hospital after collapsing at finishing line of Grand East Anglia Run in King’s Lynn

The start of the Grand East Anglia Run in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The start of the Grand East Anglia Run in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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The man, whose name has not been released, collapsed after the end of the run, which took place through the streets of King’s Lynn this morning.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “We were called at 11.51am and we sent an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle to a male patient, thought to be in his 50s, who’d collapsed at the end of the race.”

She added the man had been taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where his condition was described as “critical”.

Race director Roger Partridge said he was waiting for an update on the man’s condition.

“All we know is the first aid guys got straight to him, put him in an ambulance and that took him to the QEH,” he said.

Earlier, almost 2,000 runners set off from the Tuesday Market Place for the main 10k event, Mini GEAR or fun run.

Aaron Scott from Stamford, Lincs, won the 10k event, completing the course around the town centre in just over 30 minutes.

“It was tough going,” said Mr Scott, 27. “I did a marathon four weeks ago and I’l still getting over it.”

Some 1,975 runners entered, aged from four to 83. They included seven doctors, a judge, a lord, a commander and a captain.

Race director Roger Partridge said: “It’s fantastic, it’s the biggest entry we’ve ever had, there’s an absolutely fantastic atmosphere with thousands of spectators, it’s the best I’ve seen.”

Wishing runners good look before the start, West Norfolk Mayor Liz Watson said: “What a fantsatic fun event, this is so exciting, it’s wonderful for King’s Lynn.”

See EDP24 later for a gallery of pictures from the event.

See tomorrow’s EDP for a four-page results and pictures special on the race.

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