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Rugby legend Gareth Thomas calls on runners to join the resolution in Northern Ireland

Press release   •   Jan 03, 2020 14:02 GMT

Welsh rugby ledgend Gareth Thomas supporting the Stroke Association's Resolution Run 2020.

At this year’s Belfast event, participants can choose to run or walk either 5k or 10k to raise vital funds to help the Stroke Association provide specialist support and fund critical research. Just £29 could pay for the emotional support someone needs to begin to rebuild a life after stroke.

Gareth himself had a stroke aged 28, and was ordered to rest for six months in order to recover. He says: “I had a stroke and know all too well that recovery is as individual as each survivor. That’s why the Stroke Association is encouraging people to join its Resolution Run and raise funds to help rebuild more lives after stroke.”

Paul Montgomery, Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Stroke recovery is a marathon not a sprint. That’s why we’re encouraging people from all over Northern Ireland to join our Resolution Run in Belfast and raise funds for the Stroke Association. This year we’re delighted that our Belfast event will be supported by Podium 4 Sport.

“Life after stroke is different for us all, but there is one way we can stand together. The Resolution Run is the perfect opportunity to mark a milestone in your own stroke recovery, show your support for a friend or family member affected by stroke, or in memory of a loved one. It’s more than a run, it’s a resolution to help rebuild lives after stroke in Northern Ireland.”

There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, that’s over 38,000 in Northern Ireland, living with devastating wide-ranging disabilities such as speech difficulties, memory loss and mental health issues. The Stroke Association provides specialist support, funds critical research and campaigns to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.

Entry fee is just £15 and runners can choose their distance from a range of distances depending on location. Walk or run, all participants will receive a medal waiting at the finish line. To join the resolution, visit, email or call 0300 330 0740.


  • Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK and it changes lives in an instant.
  • The Stroke Association is a charity working across the UK to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. We believe that everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. From local support services and groups, to online information and support, anyone affected by stroke can visit or call our dedicated Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 to find out about support available locally.
  • Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community and the generosity of our supporters. With more donations and support, we can help rebuild even more lives.
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