FUNDRAISING runners braved leaden skies for the Stroke Association’s annual Resolution Run.

Around 500 joggers of all ability pounded their way around an off-road course at Lydiard Park on Sunday morning.

The annual run aims to raise cash for national charity the Stroke Association. And many of the runners have a personal connection to the cause.

First across the line with a time of little more than 18 minutes, racer Simon Jell said he’d known several people who had suffered strokes.

The super-fit 30-year-old from Upper Stratton told the Swindon Advertiser: “I have known a couple of people who have suffered strokes in the past, including my grandfather. I’m doing my bit.”

He added of the race: “It was good, although it’s painful against the wind.”

Among those taking part in the 5k, 10k and 15k races, were Swindon runners who themselves had suffered strokes.

Inspirational Lizzie Treadwell, 23, collapsed aged just 16 – with doctors diagnosing a stroke. She said: “I have never been a sporty person, but my boyfriend persuaded me to do the run. In terms of my mobility, the stroke doesn’t affect me at all.”

Mum Emma George, 43, who suffered a freak stroke 12 years ago, said: At first I found it really difficult to come to terms with life after my stroke. It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey, but I’m proud of where I am today.”

Jen Robinson-Slater of the Stroke Association said: “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.”