THE Mourne Mountain Rescue Team had a callout on Thursday (16 May) at approximately 8.10pm.
A spokesperson for the MMRT said: “The team received a request for assistance from a Mountain runner. The runner who was taking part in a Mountain race took ill close to the summit of Slieve Moughamore in the Western Mournes.
“Despite the best efforts of fellow runners, race officials and team members who where on scene, the casualty passed away.
“The team is grateful to the helicopter Rescue 116 from Dublin for their subsequent assistance. It is with great sadness to all involved and our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the deceased at this time.
“A total of fourteen members responded and were stood down.”