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​The Stroke Association calls on Wirral runners to help conquer stroke

Press Release   •   Aug 03, 2015 15:49 BST

The Stroke Association is appealing to runners in the Wirral to help conquer stroke, by joining the charity’s team at the Wirral Half Marathon, or 10k, on Sunday 13 September.

Now in its third year, the event recently won the prestigious title of Wirral Tourism Award Event of the Year. Both the half marathon and the 10k races start at Birkenhead Park and follow a flat course, finishing at New Brighton.

Siân Thomas, Regional Fundraiser from the Stroke Association in the North West, said: “Taking part in the half marathon or 10k is a fun and inspiring experience. But there’s a serious purpose behind it; stroke is the leading cause of complex adult disability in the UK. 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.

“In return for joining the Stroke Association's team, 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.”

In the North West, there are more than 14,600 strokes per year and over 157,300 people living with the effects of stroke.

If you haven't already registered, you can apply for a place by visiting the BTR Liverpool website:!wirral-half-and-10k/ca57

Once you've secured your place, either complete the own place form on the Stroke Association website: or get in touch on or call 0161 742 7485.

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