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Just wanted to sound off about a runner who turned up for our Sorbrook Challenge event yesterday, and unknown to us, was suffering from a hangover.
Needless to say, he collapsed, just a half mile from the finish and had to be taken to hospital. We take all necessary precautions regarding safety of runners, but we cannot take precautions against stupidity. A young lad, fairly new to running, been out with his mates all night - sheer madness.
I'm no angel, Ive done many a run whilst dehydrated from too much alcohol the night before, (and suffered the headaches and sickness as a result) - but Ive known when by body can't cope and have had to give up or walk.
Runners should never underestimate the strain and effort placed on the body when competing, or even just jogging, and take more care.
Its not big or clever to run whilst your body is already stressed - we must take responsibility for our fitness to take part. Its not the responsibility of the event organisers to assess fitness to take part, but sadly it is their responsibility to get the medical help needed when the inevitable happens.
Most people think that runners are mad - this type of thing just reinforces that view and gives health and safety zealots the ammunition needed to stop road racing altogether.