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Accidents happen A furore arose when four men died during this year’s Great North Run, the biggest half-marathon event in the world. Under pressure to give a reason, the organisers blamed the “hot weather,” which seemed to satisfy everyone. But it was in fact a blistering 18 degrees Celsius. The reactions to the deaths illustrated our great reluctance to accept that events may occur at random. Only eight runners have died during the previous 24 events. But sometimes an extreme event happens at random, and this year four people died. 

Whatever measures the organisers or UK Athletics put in place…

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