A MAN has died while taking part the in Southend Half Marathon.

Dad of one, Nick Palmer, 37, from Great Wakering, died shortly after crossing the finish line of the Southend Half Marathon on Sunday.

Essex Police were called to the incident in Ness Road, Shoeburyness, shortly after midday.

One of his best friends, David Walpole said: “He was a great friend and a great father, I have never seen such a committed parent."