Liam Stapleton, 53, from Chandler's Ford is taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon for the Stroke Association on Sunday 22 April 2018.
Liam, a father of three, had a stroke on Christmas Day in 2014. The stroke left Liam unable to speak and move the right side of his body. Liam has made a remarkable recovery. He has since lost over five stone and regularly takes part in races across the UK.
Liam said: “Three years ago I would never had dreamt that I could run a mile, let alone 26.2! I feel so proud of what I’ve achieved since my stroke. It’s not been an easy road, but my life has completely changed for the better, and I’m so thankful to have had such supportive family and friends behind me.
“It has been tough pounding the streets over the winter months but I have had lots of encouragement from the GoPhysio physiotherapist in Chandlers Ford and all the people who have sponsored me, which has really helped me keep motivated.
“I keep coming back to the fact that a few achy joints is nothing compared to what many stroke survivors have to go through, and I am sure that thought will help keep me going when the going gets tough on the big day.”
Emma Evans at the Stroke Association, said: “Around 1.2 million people in the UK are living with the devastating impact of stroke. We’re thrilled Liam is taking on this challenge to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association and we’re looking forward to cheering him on as he makes his way through London.
“Astroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down. With the support of people like Liamwe can help morestroke survivors and their familiesas theyrebuild their lives.”
To sponsor Liam, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liam-stapleton3