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Keen runners urged to put their best feet forward and fight stroke

PUBLISHED: 12:44 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:53 20 February 2013

Keen runners urged to put their best feet forward and fight stroke

Keen runners urged to put their best feet forward and fight stroke

The Stroke Association is asking runners who have their own place in the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 6th March 2011 to join its team of 40 runners and support a vital cause at the same time.

The Stroke Association is asking runners who have their own place in the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 6th March 2011 to join its team of 40 runners and support a vital cause at the same time.



George Follett and his girlfriend Tanya Lattul, both 21, who are students at the University of Bristol are running with Georges two brothers Harry, 24 and Jack, 17 who are originally from Kettering, Northamptonshire. The group hope to raise 800 for The Stroke Association and urge others to join them.



They are running on behalf of Georges granddad, Mike OConnor who is 85 and had a major stroke four years ago and Tanyas grandma who also suffered from a stroke.



George and Tanya both ran the Bristol 10k in May last year and feel that a 13.5 mile race should be their next challenge.



George explained: Being a student it can be easy to fall into an unhealthy lifestyle so we are really keen to have an event to train for, its definitely a more positive form of procrastination!



My granddad, who also went to Bristol University, was a keen sportsman and captained Bristol Saracens rugby club in the early 1950s. I have no doubt he would have beaten us all when he was our age. This seems like the perfect way to raise money for an organisation that benefits people going through a similar experience.



Hopefully granddad will be able to make it to Bath on March 6th to see which grandson takes the finish line first! We would really like to raise awareness of The Stroke Association and help support people affected in similar ways to that of our grandparents. I would encourage anyone who is taking part to join us and run for The Stroke Association and if you dont think that running is for you please visit http://www.justgiving.com/follettbathhalf to donate to the cause.



In Bath and North East Somerset it is estimated that 430 people will have a stroke and 173 people will die of stroke each year. Regular exercise, as part of a healthy lifestyle, helps to reduce your risk of having a stroke - the UKs third biggest killer.



Stephen Chesworth, Regional Fundraising Manager of The Stroke Association, says: Stroke is best described as a brain attack and every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke. By pledging to do the Bath Half Marathon now you will help us raise vital funds and improve your fitness at the same time its a winning formula!



Participants who decide to run for The Stroke Association will receive support on the day and a branded Stroke Association running vest.



For more information contact Chris Welch on 0117 953 1200 or email http://www.chris.welch@stroke.org.uk



You can sponsor George and his team at: www.justgiving.com/follettbathhalf


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