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​Kirkby-in-Ashfield teacher takes on 12 half marathons in 12 months

Press Release   •   Jan 21, 2016 11:15 GMT

A teacher from Kirkby-in-Ashfield is gearing up to take on 12 half marathons in 12 months to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Nicholas Green, 22, has set himself the challenge to complete more than 157 miles over the next year, after his grandmother, Ann, had a stroke five years ago.

Nicholas said: “At the time of my gran’s stroke, I remember thinking that she was never going to be the same again. However, thanks to the amazing work of the Stroke Association and the NHS, she has made a good recovery. She still has problems with her right arm but she was very lucky. However, her close friend was not so lucky and was left with more serious long-term effects.”

Nicholas will kick-start his series of events with the Coventry Half Marathon on Sunday 28 February, before taking on at least one half marathon a month until January 2017. He has lined up events in Stafford, Sheffield, Milton Keynes and Derby over the coming year, with his final race taking place in York.

He added: “Training is going really well at the moment and I’m getting close to a personal best in all of my longer training runs at the weekend. The next step now is to make the routes harder and push myself to hopefully be as prepared as possible come the start in February.”

Louise Knight, Community and Events Fundraising Manager in the East Midlands, said: “We’ll be cheering Nicholas on every step of the way as he takes on this unusual challenge. With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes – it’s vital that we have people like Nicholas who can raise funds for people affected by stroke.”

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The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they canand funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information about stroke, visit or call the helpline on 0303 3033 100.

A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at