Rugby star Chris back in training after mini stroke

Chris Henry and Stroke Association Speech and Language Therapist Catherine Lowry.
Chris Henry and Stroke Association Speech and Language Therapist Catherine Lowry.

Local rugby star Chris Henry, who suffered a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or ‘mini stroke’ last year, is getting ready to run in support of the Stroke Association charity.

The former Wallace High School pupil underwent heart surgery in November because of a blocked blood vessel in his brain.

Now, Henry is encouraging people to sign up to a special 5k/10k Resolution Run ion Sunday March 1 at Queen’s Sport, Belfast.

This event provides the perfect motivation to get back in shape and support a vital cause.

The run starts in the grounds of Queen’s Sport Upper Malone and weaves through Barnett Demesne and the Lagan towpath on a 5K loop.

“It’s easy to let work and other commitments take over our lives,” Chris said.

“But getting out in the evenings for half an hour’s exercise can make a huge difference to our health and the way we feel about ourselves.

“Signing up to the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run is the perfect way of committing to doing something important for people whose lives have been turned upside down by stroke and can really help you stay on track with your fitness plans.

“And remember, it can also be a lot of fun,” he added.

The 30-year-old Ireland flanker is back training, following his operation last November, and hopes to play rugby again this year, saying that this year’s World Cup is a ‘realistic target’.

Paul Montgomery, Community Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association added; “Many of our New Year Resolutions focus on key personal improvements like quitting smoking, eating healthier or joining a gym. But too often these fail by the end of January.

“We’re looking for runners to join us for a 5k or 10k Resolution Run at Queens Sport,” he said.

“It’s your chance to help us to conquer stroke.”

At least half of strokes could be prevented if people made simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control and exercising more.

The money raised will help the charity fund vital research, support people affected and prevent stroke.