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​Stroke Association urges runners in Reading to make a resolution that counts

Press Release   •   Jan 12, 2016 12:10 GMT

Stroke Association urges runners in Reading to make a resolution that counts

The Stroke Association is encouraging people to make a pledge which counts, and take part in a 5k or 10k Resolution Run on 6 March 2016 at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

The event is one of 28 fundraising Resolution Runs taking place across the UK this spring. These runs provide the perfect motivation to get in shape after Christmas, while helping to conquer stroke.

Michelle Bowdidge from the Stroke Association said: “Many New Year’s Resolutions focus on improving our health by stopping smoking, eating lots of fruit and vegetables or joining a gym. The Resolution Run at Prospect Park is the ideal event for people in Portsmouth, who have made a New Year's resolution to get more active.

“The events are open to all ages and abilities, and participants can run, jog or walk the routes. We’ll also provide a full training guide to help keep Resolution Runners on track every step of the way.”

At least half of strokes could be prevented if people made simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control and exercising more. The money raised through the Resolution Run will help the Stroke Association to fund vital research and help support people affected by stroke in South Central.

Entry fee is just £15. All runners receive a running top and medal. For more information about entering or volunteering at the Resolution Run, visit or email

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