Stroke Survivor Dale Biggerstaff and Patron Noel Thompson want you to get behind Stroke Association
21 October 2018
Stroke Survivor Dale Biggerstaff and Patron Noel Thompson want you to get behind Stroke Association at the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will be working with not just one but FIVE charity partners in 2019. They are delighted to introduce Stroke Association as one of their chosen charities for the year.
On Sunday 5th May 2019, you can expect a full line up of events to suit all levels of fitness including the Marathon and Wheelchair Race, the Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run, all with brand new improved routes. All events will start at Stormont except for the Fun Run which will start and finish at Ormeau Park.
The largest mass sport participatory event in Northern Ireland raises over £1.6 million for local charities annually and will be encouraging entrants to support Stroke Association as one of five chosen charities.
Barry Macaulay, NI Director of Stroke Association says:
“Stroke is the third biggest killer in Northern Ireland and it’s the leading cause of long-term disability of any condition.”
Every year around 4,000 people here have a stroke and there are more than 37,000 survivors living with the devastating effects of stroke in Northern Ireland With 12 strokes occurring here each day, it can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time.
Two years ago, Dale Biggerstaff from Belfast had a stroke at the age of 42. Dale was a husband and busy dad of two, ran his own business and absolutely loved marathon running, having completed the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon many times.
“I’m encouraging you to join #TeamStroke, whether you feel you can conquer a whole marathon or get a few of your mates together and enter as a relay team. It gets you in shape and you’ll be raising funds for the Stroke Association and supporting local people to live life after stroke. Last year I felt strong enough to do the 8 Mile Walk and I’m hoping to give it a go again this year, if my legs will let me.”
Supporting the charity also is BBC Presenter and Patron of Stroke Association, Noel Thompson. Noel has been associated with Stroke Association since the charity’s inception in Northern Ireland, after his mother-in-law suffered a stroke. He commends the charity for the support they bring to stroke survivors and their families in the days, weeks and years after.
The Stroke Association believes in life after stroke and they support stroke survivors and their families to rebuild their lives again following stroke by providing specialist services such as speech therapy, support groups and life after stroke grants.
You can join #TeamStroke by selecting Stroke Association when registering for the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. Already signed up and would like to start fundraising for them? Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 9050 8058 for more information.
Entries are NOW OPEN at www.belfastcitymarathon.com via the brand new MyTicket App. An early rate will apply until 31st October 2018. Details of the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon route can be found here also.
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Translink, Daily Mirror, Spar, Belfast Live and Framar Health. Sampling partners are Deep RiverRock, Tayto, White’s Oats and Linwoods. This year’s official charities are Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART); Cancer Focus NI; Stroke Association; Air Ambulance NI and Action Mental Health.