A runner who collapsed during last year's Ipswich Half Marathon was the first person to cross the line this time around during an emotional return to finish what he had started.

John Thurkettle's life was saved by Kesgrave Kruisers athlete Kevin Ward, with support from fellow runners Ben Solway and David Smith after he suffered a cardiac arrest at mile 11 of the half marathon last October.

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The runners managed to revive Mr Thurkettle before paramedics arrived at the scene to take him to hospital.

He has since undergone surgery and resumed part time work.

East Anglian Daily Times: John Thurkettle completes the final leg of the Ipswich Half MarathonJohn Thurkettle completes the final leg of the Ipswich Half Marathon (Image: Charlotte Bond)Today (Sunday), he returned to complete the job and met special guest, Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna, before the start.

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He was joined by loved ones and those who saved his life as he completed the final leg of his half marathon before the start of today's race.

The race was won by Hassan Ahdich from Ipswich Jaffa, with second place going to Andrew Risk from Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club in London and third to Christopher Poulding from St Edmunds Pacers.

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