Tuesday 27 September 2016

Tributes paid to talented sportsman (23) who died after collapsing close to Dublin half-marathon finish line

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 20/09/2015 | 17:49

John McHugh aged 23 who tragically died after running a half-marathon in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Facebook
John McHugh aged 23 who tragically died after running a half-marathon in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Facebook

The young man who died after collapsing at the SSE Airtricity Dublin half-marathon on Saturday has been named as John Mc Hugh (23).

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The runner and former Belevedere College pupil suffered a cardiac event close to the finish line in the Phoenix Park on Saturday morning.

Belvedere College Union paid tribute to the 23-year-old, describing John as "Someone that was taken from all of us too quick but those of us lucky enough to know him can consider ourselves truly privileged."

The past pupils union confirmed that John left the school in 2010, and was tragically due to celebrate his 24th birthday yesterday.

"John embodied all the qualities of a true man for others.

"As president of the Belvedere Junior Union for the past year, John worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the Panda Cup in aid of fellow Belvederian Jonathan Ranson and the soup run for the Christmas sleep out.

"A talented sportsman, artist and designer, John will be remembered for many things. He will be remembered most, however, as a friend.

"Rest in peace, John," the past pupils union said in a statement.

In a statement Saturday, the half-marathon organisers said: "With great regret we must confirm that a 23yr old man passed away at today's race."

"We ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time," organisers added in their statement on Twitter.

Fellow runners, who are trained paramedics, fought desperately to save John's life when he collapsed.

The St John's Ambulance medical team were also on scene straight away to attend to the 23-year-old.

A spokesperson for St John's Ambulance said that advanced life support was administered at the scene.

The young man was transferred to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin, but was tragically pronounced dead a short time later.

The half marathon was part of the SSE Airtricity Race Series, a collection of long-distance road races which lead up to the Dublin Marathon on Monday October 26.

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