RUNNERS put their best feet forward at a blustery Herrington Country Park for a new event to help those who have suffered strokes.
The first ever Stroke Association Resolution Run saw about 140 people lacing up their trainers to take on 5k and 10k routes.
Research suggests at least half of strokes can be prevented if people made simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control and exercising more.
The money raised from yesterday’s event will help the charity fund vital research, support victims and prevent more people suffering a stroke.
Following a warm-up by personal trainers Melanie Makaveli and Tanya Jefferson, of Get Fit North East, the runners set off around the park.
Among those taking part in the 5k was Jan Oxberry, of Shiney Row, whose husband Kevin, 56, suffered a stroke three years ago.
“Kevin had a brain haemorrhage, but he’s doing a lot better now, and doing the run today really is the least I can do,” said Jan, 53, who ran with her sister Lil Hunt, 50.
“The Stroke Association have been fantastic for us and the work they do is amazing.”
Also running were pals Jenny Warr and Gemma Smith, both 31, of Guisborough, North Yorkshire.
Jenny said: “I work in the stroke unit at James Cook Hospital, so I see a lot of people who’ve been affected day-to-day.
“I don’t think people realise that anyone of any age can get them so we need to make people more aware.”
Organiser Janet Price said: “We’ve had a fantastic turnout here today and are really pleased considering it’s the first run in the North East.
“Now, we’re looking forward to holding it again next year.
“Hopefully, we’ve raised £6,000 from today towards the amazing work the organisation does in the North East.”
Fund-raisers are also holding a charity firewalk at the Baltic in Gateshead on Thursday, March 19. For details go to www.stroke.org.uk/firewalkchallenge.