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​The Stroke Association calls on runners to race at Silverstone

Press Release   •   Nov 28, 2016 11:00 GMT

The Stroke Association is appealing to runners to help conquer stroke, by joining the charity’s team at the adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday 12 March.

Each year thousands of runners take to the iconic Silverstone track to complete the half marathon at the home of Formula 1. The charity is calling out for runners to join its team before registration closes on Thursday 19 January 2017.

Lucy Burnip, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “Taking part in the half marathon is a fun and inspiring experience, but there’s a serious purpose behind it; stroke is one of the largest causes of disability. At the Stroke Association, we want to be there for everyone affected by stroke, so please do join our team and help us raise the funds that could make this a reality.

“The adidas Silverstone Half Marathon is a great event for runners of all abilities and there’s always a brilliant atmosphere. This will be the seventh year we’ve had a Stroke Association team running. To join us in one of our charity places for free, all we ask is that you raise £200 and in return, we'll be with you every step of the way. You'll get an expert training plan, weekly emails with training and fundraising tips, a Stroke Association t-shirt and lots of help and support.”

There are around 9,700 strokes in the East Midlands every year and over 93,000 people in the East Midlands living with the effects of stroke.

To apply for a charity place contact the Stroke Association’s Supporter Care Team on 0300 330 0740 or email Entries close on Thursday 19 January 2017. 

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 one of the largest causes of 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