Coronation Street star Chris Fountain has proudly announced he completed the 2023 London Marathon after suffering a stroke in August last year.
The soap star, 35, who is best known for playing Tommy Duckworth in Coronation Street, took to Instagram on Sunday evening to share the news and emotionally told his fans how proud he is of himself for completing the race in less than four hours.
Chris posted a snap of himself beaming with pride while holding up his marathon medal and wrote: "I DID IT!!!!!!! From having a stroke in August to running a sub 4 hour marathon."
He added: "I am beyond proud of myself. THANKYOU to everyone who cheered, donated, ran with me and everything else in between. I’m so, so happy. Will never forget this feeling."
Many fellow celebrities flocked to congratulate Chris, who ran the marathon to raise money for the Stroke Association.
Love Island's Scott Thomas said: "Come on!!!!!!" with a row of red heart emojis, while his brother, Adam Thomas, said: "Wowowowowow," with many clapping emojis.
Former Corrie star Brooke Vincent left a series of heart emojis, while Gemma Atkinson commented a row of clapping emojis.
Dancing on Ice's Matt Evers said: "Amazing Chris!!! I missed seeing you by literally 5 mins!!" while Hollyoaks' Chelsee Healey wrote: "well done chris absolutely amazing !!!!! proud of you".
Chris' marathon comes after he suffered a mini stroke in August 2022, leaving Chris worried that "life as he knew it was over".
Doctors discovered a blood clot lodged in his brain had caused a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) – known as a mini stroke.
Recalling the ordeal to the Mirror, Chris previously said: “I woke up one morning and knew something wasn’t right. My mum called me and I just couldn’t get my words out."
Doctors thankfully resolved the clot, but further tests showed the actor to have a hole in his heart, which is what caused the blood clot to travel to his brain and trigger the incident.
Chris also worked with a speech therapist to retrain his brain, after the mini stroke left him struggling to speak.
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