Paul Brough, 50, from Haverhill is taking on the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run on Sunday 18 March, two years after a life-changing stroke.
Paul, a Research Chemist, has been running for over 30 years. In 2015, just months after completing a marathon, Paul had a devastating stroke which left him unable to walk.
Paul said: “Running has always been an escapism for me. When I lost the ability to walk, I thought I’d never run again. My stroke left me with considerable balance and coordination issues, and I also suffered with depression and low confidence.
“I started rehabilitation at a brain injury centre in Stowmarket called Icanho. The excellent physios there referred me to a scheme at Haverhill Leisure Centre, which slowly helped me regain some of the strength and fitness I had lost.
“Having a stroke has actually made me more determined to go back to running. With the support from Haverhill Running Club, I completed my first 5k run since my stroke in May 2016. This was something I had once thought would be impossible. I came last, but I was just so happy to make it to the finish line.
“Everyone I meet is so surprised to hear that I’ve had a stroke. You never think it will happen to you, and that’s why I’m so keen to raise awareness of the condition. Taking on the Resolution Run means a lot to me. I want it to be a big thank you to everyone who has supported me over the past two years. I’m determined to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association, to help other families affected by stroke to get the support they need.”
George Burroughs, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “A Resolution Run is exactly that – a resolution for the New Year that counts. It's the ideal event for people in Cambridge who want to do something fun together, while getting more active in 2018.
“Every five minutes in the UK, someone’s life is turned upside down by stroke. By signing up to a Resolution Run, each runner will help us do so much more to support stroke survivors and their families as they rebuild their lives. We’re thrilled Paul is taking part. We’re looking forward to cheering him on alongside our other participants as he makes their way through the park.”
At least half of strokes could be prevented if people made simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control, eating healthily and taking regular exercise. The money raised through the Resolution Run in Cambridge will help the Stroke Association to fund vital research and support people affected by stroke in the East of England.
To sponsor Paul, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-brough3
Entry fee is just £16. All runners receive a technical running t-shirt and medal. For more information about entering or volunteering at the Resolution Run, visit http://www.stroke.org.uk/resolution, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 330 0740.
For more information, please contact Daisy Dighton, PR Officer (South) on 02017 940 1358 or email email@example.com
Notes to editors:
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 more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. 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 www.stroke.org.uk