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Exertional heat illness in half marathon runners: experiences of the Great North Run
  1. Rachel Hawes1,
  2. Jeni McMorran2,
  3. Chris Vallis3,4
  1. 1Critical Care & PHEM, Northern Deanery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2High Dependency Unit, Newcastle General Hospital, UK
  3. 3Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  4. 4BUPA Great North Run, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachel Hawes, Anaesthetic Department, Cheriton House, James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, UK; rachelhawes{at}


Exertional heat illness is a potentially fatal condition. Large numbers of competitors in the Great North Run are affected annually. This article briefly discusses the patient demographics, presentation and treatment of large numbers of patients with a simple, effective regime.

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