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Commonwealth marathon

So there’s been some different points of views about the marathon runner that collapsed at the side of the road. Well he did fall twice and yes it would take a while for paramedics to get to him. But to just watch his distress without doing something to help him was unbelievable ! It was quite clear for all to see that this poor guy was not going to go any further and sadly for him the race was over! Fortunately his collapse did not become anything more serious so no CPR was necessary ( which was lucky really as people were too busy taking photographs of this guys distress.

Yes if he did refuse help and wether that was because to accept help would lead to disqualification we don’t know for certain (well I don’t anyway!) I do know that he probably was so delirious that he probably didn’t know what he was saying.

However it was quite clear to see surely that no one made any move to speak to him let alone offer a helping hand!

So lessons can be learnt and one big one surely is Help ! when someone is in such distress and pain! Or am I wrong?

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It was really difficult to watch wasn't it? Poor Callum Hawkins - such a fighter. Perhaps the rules need clarifying (I think they state that a runner needs to ask for help??) because if you are delirious or semi conscious then you are unable to ask for help, surely!! He apparently has no recollection of this part of the run and his collapse, which I think is why there needs to be some provision in the rules for a medic to intervene if the athlete is unable to make a rational decision. The response was woeful, as you say - even when someone came over and called for help on the radio, they still just stood there offering no apparent words of comfort or support...and as for those who took pictures/ filmed from sidelines - well thank goodness he is ok. I read that seven athletes dropped out in the end - gruelling conditions.

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Indeed!☹️☹️

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Terrible slow response from officials and paramedics. Very hard to watch. People seemed to snap instead of help - sad reflection of society.

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I quite agree!😀😀

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