Cardiff Half Marathon: Runner who died ‘loved sport’

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Nicholas Beckley died after the Cardiff Half Marathon

A runner who died after collapsing at the finish line of the Cardiff Half Marathon has been named as 35-year-old Nicholas Beckley.

He was treated “instantly” at the course on Sunday, race organisers Run 4 Wales said, but died at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

The organisers said he had run the race twice before and was a regular runner and football player.

Originally from north Devon, Mr Beckley lived in Cardiff with his girlfriend.

He worked in Cardiff council’s planning department and had recently been appointed a senior planner.

Mr Beckley’s brother, Andrew, described him as “a true gentleman who will be sorely missed and always loved by all”.

His brother added that Mr Beckley was “a family man” who “loved sport”, adding that he had moved to Cardiff for university in 2003.

Skip Twitter post by @Cosmopolitan_fc

Yesterday we lost one of our own. Nick Beckley will forever be known for his kindnesses, energetic spirit and love for his family and friends

Today and everyday going forward we send our love to his family and friends

A truly wonderful man, friend, and brother

Rest in peace

— Cosmopolitan FC (@Cosmopolitan_fc) October 7, 2019


End of Twitter post by @Cosmopolitan_fc

Mr Beckley played for Cardiff Cosmopolitan Football Club.

Cardiff Cosmospolitan FC coach James Lovegrove said he was a “lovely lad”.

“He really looked after himself. He was super fit and now he’s lost his life in a cruel way,” he said.

“He was a road runner. He was the sort of guy who would play football on a Saturday and then run a marathon the following day.

“There was nothing about him that made you think there would be any danger in him running the marathon – he was that fit.

“He was doing something he loved.”

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