A SOUTHAMPTON father who survived a stroke is to run 13 miles to rise money for charity.

Father of six, John Shiner, 58, had a stroke in December last year but will be taking on the London Landmarks Half Marathon this month.

The run will take place on March 24 and he will be raising vital funds for the Stroke Association.

John said:

“On the day I’ll be running with my son, Jack. Training has been going well and I’m looking forward to the day!”

Kirsty Allard, events assistant at the Stroke Association, said: “With around 100,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every five minutes - it is vital that we have people who can raise funds for people affected by stroke.The money will go a long way in helping to support people who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”