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    The Red Cross intervened 643 times during the Brussels 20km


    The Red Cross volunteers on duty along the Brussels 20km route had to intervene 643 times on Sunday. 21 people had to be taken to hospital. “There were no life-threatening emergencies”, the organisation’s spokesman Nancy Ferroni said when giving a provisional summary a little before 3pm.

    First-aiders mainly had to deal with cases of hypothermia, dehydration, muscle pain and injuries. There were no life-threatening emergencies, “which shows runners followed the advice they received before the race”, Nancy Ferroni added.

    Princess Astrid started the 38th Brussels 20km at around 10am. Prime Minister Charles Michel (MR) and Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur (PS) were also present. Around 40,000 runners then jogged their way through the capital. This included Princess Astrid, who ran with the Paralympic team.

    The first to finish was Kenyan David Maru, with a time of 1 hour 37 seconds. The fastest woman was Belgian Sophie Hardy (1 hour 13 minutes and 42 seconds).

    Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)