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Runner is killed and another injured when they are hit by lightning during Greek mountain race 

Runner is killed and another injured when they are hit by lightning during Greek mountain race

  •  A runner has been killed and another is seriously injured after being struck by lightning during a night-time trail race in Greece on Sunday
  •  The two men were running in the Six Peaks race, which passes through the six highest peaks of Mount Falakro in northern Greece, when lightning struck their group of runners at 4am
  •  The athletes’ group, consisted of three men and one woman who were close to each other when the lighting struck
  •  Two fire service rescue squads came up the mountain from the nearby town of Drama to find one runner, 55, already dead and another, 56, seriously injured

A runner has been killed and another is seriously injured after being struck by lightning during a night-time trail race in Greece on Sunday.

The two men were running in the Six Peaks race, which passes through the six highest peaks of Mount Falakro in northern Greece, when lightning struck a group of runners at 4am at an altitude of 4,400ft, a police officer told The Associated Press.

Two fire service rescue squads came up the mountain from the nearby town of Drama to find one runner, 55, already dead and another, 56, seriously injured.

The Six Peaks race passes through the six highest peaks of Mount Falakro (above) in Northern Greece. All peaks rise over 6,500 ft high. 

The injured runner was airlifted to a hospital in the city of Kavala, where authorities said he was in serious condition. Neither man was identified however the victim is reportedly a resident of Kavala.

The athletes’ group consisted of 4 athletes, three men and one woman. During the strike, one person lost consciousness and was killed, and one is currently in critical condition reported local news.

The third man who was able to make the call for help was not physically hurt but had hypothermia. The woman seems not to have received injuries from the wave of lightning but was in a state of panic when found by the rescue team. She is reportedly from the village of Pyrgoi.

Mount Falakro's range where the runners were located is in the northeast of Greece and extends into Bulgaria.

Mount Falakro’s range where the runners were located is in the northeast of Greece and extends into Bulgaria.

The 22.2-mile race had started at 7pm on Saturday in the village of Pyrgoi, 2,066ft up the slopes of the 7,323ft mountain, organized by by the hiking and mountaineering club of Nevrokopi. 

Falakro’s six highest peaks in Greece are all over 6,500ft high; the mountain extends into Bulgaria.

The weather was good when the race started but during the night heavy rain developed and the trail became muddy.

By the time the lightning struck, several of the 55 runners taking part had reached the finish line at a mountain hut on top of the Falakro Ski Resort. Runners had 12 hours to complete the race.

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