Runner who suffers a stroke at a parkrun thanks running community

A runner who suffered a stroke during the Catton parkrun has thanked the parkrun community and the volunteers who helped him. Dave Thomas, 35, from Norwich collapsed at the halfway point of his local parkrun while in the leading pack.

Volunteers and other runners rushed to help Thomas, who has taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) minutes after his stroke and discharged two days later.

He told Norwich Evening News: “I cannot say thank you enough to the people who stopped to help me. The volunteer team was there like a shot. I have had so many messages of support which has been very humbling.

“It was a hot day but I have run in the heat before. At the halfway. Mark at just over nine minutes I felt OK. I remember the energy leaving me, feeling dizzy and hitting the floor. My left arm was unresponsive.”

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The doctors believe Thomas’ stroke was caused by a small blood clot and have advised he takes long-term medication. Whilst we all wish Thomas a speedy recovery, he has vowed to turn his hand to volunteering at parkrun races whilst he recovers.