Stroke survivor from Leeds beats the odds to take challenge

Eric Chitty, 46, will take part in the Total Warrior 10km at Bramham Park.
Eric Chitty, 46, will take part in the Total Warrior 10km at Bramham Park.
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A stroke survivor has overcome all odds to take part in two gruelling events, to raise money for the Stroke Association.

Eric Chitty, 46, will take part in the Total Warrior 10km at Bramham Park on June 21 where he’ll have to overcome 30 punishing obstacles including The Human BBQ, The Plunge, The Shocker and Worm Muncher, to name a few. This will provide the ultimate test of strength, stamina, mental determination and team work.

Eric from Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Leeds, has also recruited a team of eight friends to join him. He’ll then complete a second 10km course on August 2 at Shap Abbey, in the Lake District.

A keen motorcyclist, Eric was involved in a serious motorbike crash in March 2010, while practising for the National Endurance Championships. Eric had a broken neck and major head trauma, he suffered four strokes and spent five weeks in hospital, where he had to learn to walk and talk again.

Eric said: “After lots of physio and speech therapy, plus sheer determination, I’m now recovering. Having experienced how much a stroke can change your life, I’d like to help others, because of the incredible work the charity does to support stroke survivors and their families.

“I’ve never run a distance further than a mile before. Training is going well and I’ve just run my first 5km.”

Danny Mitchell, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association said: “Eric is a real inspiration and seeing him challenge himself with these demanding events is testament to how far he has come. He is proof that there is life after stroke and we’re extremely grateful for all his support and enthusiasm. The money raised will go a long way in helping to support people in Leeds who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they can; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke.

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For more information about stroke, visit or call the helpline on 0303 3033 100. For more information about Total Warrior, and to see the full list of obstacles Eric will be taking on during his challenge, visit

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