Sheffield runner in intensive care after collapse

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A DAD of twins ended up on a life-support machine in intensive care after collapsing during the Sheffield Half Marathon.

Simon Hope, aged 27, from Walkley, keeled over at the 12-mile mark suffering from heatstroke, dehydration and fatigue and was rushed to the Northern General Hospital after a passing doctor recognised his symptoms and called for help.

Simon was put on a life-support machine and his family was told to prepare for the worst But the father of nine-month-old twin girls pulled through and woke up on Sunday afternoon.

He was discharged from hospital yesterday.

Today his father Jim Hope, 53, from Burncross, said: “It was an absolute nightmare scenario.

“I didn’t expect anything like that to happen.

“Simon runs regularly and he was on track to beat his personal best of one hour and 35 minutes.

“His wife saw him running along Ecclesall Road and he was flying.

“But in the later stages of the race he was seen behaving strangely and staggering and weaving about before falling to the ground.

“Fortunately there was a doctor nearby and he got an ambulance - if he hadn’t, Simon could have died.”

Today Mr Hope - who is launching a sporting website www.rusporti.com - said it would contain advice for runners.

He urged them to drink properly, wear sunscreen and a hat and not to compete if they were not 100 per cent fit.

Mr Hope said: “I know Simon has been sleep deprived because of the twins and that might have had something to do with it, but hydration is a massive part of it too.”

Some 5,737 runners completed Sunday’s event and about six entrants were hospitalised.

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