A “highly intelligent” man who ran half marathons was killed after being hit by a train in Urmston, an inquest heard.

Kevin Costello, 43, an economics graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, had been suffering with his mental health in the run up to his tragic death, Stockport Coroner’s Court heard.

The keen sportsman, who married his wife Ruth Costello in 2013, had contacted his GP in March 2020, complaining of neck and shoulder pain, and anxiety states.

On March 24, 2020 he had a telephone consultation about neck pain and was advised to take Gaviscon and do neck exercises.

Then on May 18, 2020, Mr Costello, who lived with his wife on North Grove, Urmston, was seen at Trafford urgent care for lethargy and fatigue.

He was said to be suffering from ongoing pain in his arm and shoulder and complained of pain “radiating” in his left arm.

The inquest heard how Mr Costello, who lost his father to suicide in 1994, could no longer run or cycle due to shoulder pain and this was said to affect his mental health.

It was said Mr Costello, who was studying to be a software engineer and programmer, was suffering from anxiety, depression and burn out and in April 2020 he could not finish his course, which went online in June 2020.

His wife rang 999 in April and he was taken to A&E with heart palpitations. The inquest heard how he was suffering from anxiety.

He felt something was wrong with him and he became increasingly anxious, looking up symptoms online, the inquest was told.

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