Runners prepare for Half Marathon in friend Nick Read's memory
A TEAM of runners will be pounding the streets on Sunday in memory of their friend who tragically died during last year’s Bristol Half Marathon.
Nick Read, 33, was 600m from the finish line when he collapsed. Medical staff and an off-duty doctor tried to resuscitate him, but could not save him.
Nick, from Clevedon, had been training hard and got himself fit, but had an underlying heart problem he did not know about.
On Sunday, a team of about 10 friends and family are running the race to raise money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
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And others will be cheering on from the sidelines, collecting money, while CRY’s stall will be based in Millennium Square.
Twin brothers, James and Robin Hambly, who knew Nick for 17 years, were both at last year’s race and have helped to organise this year’s fundraiser.
James, 33, said: “Nick could be the life and soul of the party, but was also one of the most caring people you could ever meet.
“The runner’s are wearing T-shirts with his picture on their backs, because he always had out back.
“The charity is trying to promote screening for people aged 14 to 35 by holding special screening clinics.
“Especially if you are into your fitness, you should be getting yourself checked out.”
More than £3,000 has already been raised in Nick’s name.
To donate to the cause, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/runfornick.