Paul Lambert, 66, from Wimborne is taking part in the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run on Sunday 25 March, just six months after a life-changing stroke.
In September and October 2017, Paul had three strokes and one mini-stroke (also known as a TIA or transient ischaemic attack), which left him unable to walk and with a communication difficulty called aphasia.
Paul said: “I’ve always been fit and healthy. Before my stroke I used to run 5k every morning, I would cycle three times a week, and would regularly go to the gym. I’ve always loved being active, and the feeling of running has helped me to escape into another world and feel free.
“Thankfully, my speech has returned since my stroke, but my left side is still weak. But I’m starting to see real progress thanks to regular physiotherapy sessions. I’m a positive person, and believe that if I put my all into my recovery, I have a good shot of getting back into running again. I’ve even started to have dreams where I’m running, I think that’s my brain telling my body to keep on going!
“I have the most supportive family behind me, and my local running club, Verwood Runners, have been wonderful. On the day of the run, my two daughters and the Verwood Runners will be cheering me on. I won’t be able to run on the day, but I hope to walk at least a kilometre, if not more!”
Hayley Ali, Community and Events Fundraiser 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 Ringwood 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 Ringwood will help the Stroke Association to fund vital research and support people affected by stroke in the South West.
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 email@example.com or call 0300 330 0740.