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Swarm of hornets attack cross-country runners
4:11pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A WOMAN was taken to hospital by air ambulance after a swarm of hornets attacked competitors during a cross-country race.
The woman suffered an allergic reaction during the 10k trail race at Spofforth, near Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, while several other runners were treated by paramedics at the finish line.
A Yorkshire Air Ambulance spokeswoman said: "Someone disturbed a nest of hornets and we took one person who was having a bad reaction to hospital."
Four ambulances and two rapid response vehicles were also sent to the race site.
Runner Richard Hamer, 47, said: "The fun and games started around the 4km mark when a swarm of hornets went on the attack.
"A lot of the finishing times are probably very inaccurate as many runners stopped to help those that had been stung, while others had to stop to compose themselves.
"Many people were hit several times on the head."
He said one competitor "took hits to the head and neck and soon after keeled over and was eventually delivered back to the finish courtesy of one of the marshals".
"Others were not so lucky and a series of ambulances had to return several runners to the finish line, while the air ambulance was also called out."
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