Mys­tery over death of marathon run­ner

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a run­ner who died just a mile be­fore the end of the Wilm­slow Half Marathon af­ter col­laps­ing with a mys­tery con­di­tion.

Ben Smith, de­scribed as a ‘healthy, ac­tive’ 27-yearold, was just min­utes from fin­ish­ing the race when he fell to the ground un­re­spon­sive.

Fel­low run­ners and off-duty paramedics were among those to rush to help him. An air am­bu­lance landed in a nearby field and am­bu­lance staff at­tended, but Ben was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival at Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal, with medics un­able to feel a pulse when they ar­rived.

The last heart­break­ing pic­ture taken of Ben shows him with his girl­friend Jor­dan Ib­sen be­fore the event on March 22.

His dev­as­tated fam­ily still don’t know what killed their son af­ter a post­mortem failed to find any­thing ab­nor­mal.

Dad Gary, 57, and mum Chris, 51, said Ben had re­cently moved in with teacher part­ner Jor­dan, 25, in Chorl­ton af­ter he landed his dream job as a sales ex­ec­u­tive.

The pair, they said, were ‘soul mates and best friends’ and were just set­ting up a life to­gether.

Gary, who lives with wife Chris and Ben’s broth­ers, Oliver, 25, and Josh, 24, in Sale, said: “What hap­pened to Ben is still un­ex­plained. He was fit and healthy, had no med­i­cal con­di­tions and was al­ways play­ing sport.

“There was a GP run­ning be­hind him who said he had no pulse. He had played lacrosse his whole life and was al­ways healthy and ate well.

“We’ve had no an­swers – we’re still wait­ing for more tests to come back.

“We just don’t un­der­stand why or how this hap­pened.

“It was com­pletely out of the blue. We’re dev­as­tated and Jor­dan is heart­bro­ken.”

Ben, a for­mer Al­trin­cham Gram­mar School for Boys stu­dent, stud­ied sport and leisure man­age­ment at Lough­bor­ough Uni­ver­sity and was an avid cy­clist and regular gym-goer. His fam­ily say there were no signs of him hav­ing a heart con­di­tion.

Mum Chris added: “He was do­ing his dream job – he loved it. He had been given a big pro­mo­tion and a pay rise, he’d moved in with Jor­dan. They were just get­ting on in life to­gether.

“They were a lovely cou­ple and were start­ing to build a life. It’s so un­fair.

“It’s an ab­so­lute mys­tery. We’ve been in­un­dated with cards and mes­sages. He was a hard worker and never said a bad word about any­body.”

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