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St John Cymru Wales volunteers treat over 110 runners at Cardiff Half Marathon

7th October 2016

St John Cymru Wales volunteers treated more than 110 runners at last weekend’s half marathon in Cardiff.

More than 22,000 runners ran the 13.1 mile course around the Welsh Capital on Sunday 2nd October, with a further 50,000 spectators cheering them on. Over 100 volunteers from Wales’ leading first aid charity were manning the course, providing first aid to runners who needed it.

The most common injuries were exhaustion and muscular problems. One participant was diagnosed by volunteers with a serious cardiac problem after completing the race and arrangements were made for them to be transported to hospital as an emergency.

St John Cymru Wales also set up treatment centres around the marathon course, with response cars, motorbikes and cycle responder units on hand to react as swiftly as possible.

Mike Flanagan, Commissioner for Cardiff and the Vale and Event Commander said: “I was extremely pleased and proud of the efforts made by our volunteers, who had been working hard since the Friday in preparation for this event.”

St John Cymru Wales supporters who ran the marathon have so far raised almost £5,000 to help continue the lifesaving work of the charity.

Paul Griffiths, Vice President of the Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales, completed the half marathon in just under 2 hours. This was his fifth in a series of challenges to raise money for St John Cymru Wales.

Paul said: “I’ve been involved with St John Cymru Wales for the last year. I saw the commitment of the volunteers, providing care and training many people in vital first aid. I would like to put the money towards technology to support the Badger programme in Gwent and to help develop their first aid skills. The Cardiff Half Marathon is an excellent event and an opportunity to showcase this wonderful city. As this was my last challenge this year, I was really looking forward to crossing the finishing line!”

You can still donate to Paul's page at:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-GriffithsGwent

Photo credit: @griffindares

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