Man who collapsed at Norwich Half Marathon ‘would not be here’ without help of medical teams

The City of Norwich Half Marathon pound around the course.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The City of Norwich Half Marathon pound around the course.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A man who collapsed at the finish line of the Norwich Half Marathon has thanked the people who saved his life.

Mike Brock, who works as a lecturer at the UEA, was running the 13.1-mile race from the Norfolk Showground with colleagues to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

But he collapsed near to the finish line on Sunday and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N).

Dozens of people posted concerned messages on the event's Facebook page, asking for updates on Mr Brock's condition, and he has now confirmed that he has been discharged from the N&N and is recovering at home.

In a Facebook post, he said: 'I was the runner who collapsed just before the finish line on Sunday.

'I have now been discharged from the N&N and am at home recovering.

'The messages that have been left on here and have been sent since Sunday are very touching and I am so grateful for the comments and apologetic for the distress that this must have caused for other runners and the huge scare that this has had for family, friends and the medical staff.'

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Race organisers have shared Mr Brock's charity fundraising page, with Mr Brock set to split funds raised between MacMillan Cancer Support and the critical care unit at the N&N.

'Without the amazing staff response and subsequent care that the N&N have provided I would not be here to try and organise this and I am forever indebted to them,' said Mr Brock. 'Therefore, I ask that you please, please can give generously to this page so that they can continue to do the amazing job they do.

'Thank you so much again for all of the wishes and comments.'

To donate, see www.justgiving.com/Economics-staff/