Mark Kingston died at Swinley on July 25
GetReading has reported that the Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Mark Kingston ruled that the cause of death was accidental and added that Kingston “wouldn’t have suffered in the least”.
Mr Kingston was an experienced mountain biker who crashed while riding on his own at about 4pm on the Red 25 section of trail in Swinley Forest. He was found by another mountain biker, Andrew McGillenie, who described how Mr Kingston was “breathing irregularly”. McGillenie removed Kingston’s helmet to help him breathe. Oxygen and CPR were administered but were unable to resuscitate Kingston who died at the scene
The pathologist, gave the cause of death as accidental and described Mr Kingston’s injuries as consistent with “a heavy fall forwards”. Mr Kingston’s helmet was reportedly damaged at the front.
Mr Kingston served in the army and was a husband and father.
Red 25 is a downhill section that features tabletop jumps and berms, it is one of the faster sections at Swinley Forest.
This is the second tragic death at Swinley in the space of two years. In 2013 a cyclist died on the blue run following a heart attack.
Swinley Forest is based in Surrey and features three trails: a green, a blue and a red with a black option, until recently it was home to the Jump Gulley, but this was closed due to concerns over rider safety. It is owned by the Crown Estate.