Sophie Raworth's 'frightening' health scare after she collapsed: 'Thought I was dying'

Sophie Raworth will present her Sunday Morning show on BBC One this morning, interviewing politicians and covering the big stories of the week. Last year, Ms Raworth was announced as the replacement for Andrew Marr on Sunday mornings as he departed for LBC and the New Statesman. She takes on the role on an interim basis after her colleague announced he will be leaving the BBC after two decades. In a statement, the broadcaster confirmed that Raworth will front the popular show for a “short period” while a recruitment process for a permanent presenter takes place.

Ms Raworth is a familiar face on British television, and in her free time away from her work at the BBC, she is a passionate runner.

However, in 2012, the journalist opened up on a terrifying moment she had while running in the London Marathon.

She feared she was dying when she came round in a St John Ambulance station with a temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

Writing about her experience, Miss Raworth said: “I was absolutely fine until about 17 miles. But I hadn’t drunk enough.

“Suddenly my skin was getting goosebumps – this is odd, I thought, I’m really hot, but I’m cold.”

The presenter collided with a barrier and instead of stepping aside, she continued to run on the course.

She continued: “I came through the underpass up out onto The Embankment and swerved smack into a barrier.

“Somebody said, ‘Go on Raworth! You can do it!’ So I bounced back on to the course.

“And the next thing I knew, I woke up on a stretcher, surrounded by people, with an oxygen mask on. I didn’t know what was going on.

“I collapsed with heat exhaustion after 23 miles. It was very hot and I hadn’t drunk enough water. For 20 minutes I was unconscious and when I came round I thought I was dying.

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Ms Raworth’s prominent role with the BBC has seen her tackle some of the biggest stories of the last few years, including Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.

She said last year that reporting on the coronavirus pandemic was the first story she “couldn’t escape”.

Ms Raworth said: “This has been like no story I’ve done before. At work we live and breathe it, there’s no escape whatsoever.

“I did start to feel really claustrophobic. Everybody’s world is just that bit smaller.”

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