St John Wales volunteers treated more than 160 runners at last weekend’s half marathon in Cardiff.
167 people were treated in total, with the most common injuries being cuts and blisters, sprains and dizziness and fatigue, while 4 people were taken to hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening and they have all now been discharged.
Race Director Steve Brace said: “We would like to thank our Medical Director Dr Constantin Jabarin and the medical and emergency staff from St John Cymru Wales and the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust who worked at the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon for once again helping the race to pass without major incident.
“The Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon is the largest mass participation sport in Wales and unfortunately injuries are inevitable but we are extremely pleased with how our medical operation worked on the day.
“We wish anyone who suffered an injury on Sunday a quick recovery and hope to see them back at the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2014.”
More than 19,000 runners ran the 13.1 mile course around the Welsh capital last Sunday (6 October) with a further 40,000 spectators cheering them on.
110 volunteers from Wales’ leading first aid charity St John Wales were manning the course, providing first aid to runners who need it.
James Shaughnessy, St John Wales’ Director of Operations said, “Many people don’t realise that without our volunteers, large events like the half marathon couldn’t take place. Our volunteers provide first aid cover at events throughout Wales including rugby six nations games, premiership football matches, the Royal Welsh show and Eisteddfods. Not only could these events not happen without us, we have also saved lives while covering them.”