“As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.”
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Joan Benoit Samuelson was an American runner who was relatively unknown in the running world until she won the 1979 Boston Marathon, she set a record for American women and won the title again 4 years later in 1983. in 1984, she became won the first ever women’s Olympic Marathon and continues to be a role model and ambassador in distance running and women’s athletics.
For us, Joan’s words sum up a bit about what we know about the running community too, for the past 21 years we have been supporting runner’s as they undertake challenge after challenge. We have experienced the joy and the triumphs alongside them, but thankfully not the blisters.
Some of our runners were once told that they would never walk again, for them completing that 1K is more than a miracle. From families running together to heal the pain of losing a loved one to a stroke, to dedicated runner’s simply looking for a challenge and a cause to support alongside it. We know it takes a special kind of person to run and we are thankful for every single one of you who has used your motivation, your sweat, your dedication to make such a difference to the lives of so many affected by stroke.
Here at Different Strokes we receive no government funding and rely on donations
and events to help us to continue to deliver our services. For every £5 raised by a charity runner we can provide information for a survivor & their family, for every £350 a runner raises at an event we can establish a new support & exercise group somewhere in the UK. Our services make an impact- find out just how much in our new social impact report here But to continue to do this we rely on our runners and the support of the running community.
We have FREE charity places at several running events this year including:
Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2017
More Info: www.bournemouthmarathon.com
Kilomathon Edinburgh 2017
More Info: www.kilomathon.com
Big Fun Run’s 2017
Suitable for all the family and held in Birmingham, Coventry, Ipswich, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, London (Crystal Palace Park) and London (Victoria Park)
More Info: www.bigfunrun.com
Dog Jog’s 2017
Take part in a race alongside your canine companion, event’s held in Birmingham, Coventry, Ipswich, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, London (Crystal Palace Park) and London (Victoria Park)