Stroud Half Marathon to fight Meningitis

PUBLISHED: 10:59 04 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:59 04 October 2013

Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust merged in April 2013 becoming the biggest UK Meningitis charity

Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust merged in April 2013 becoming the biggest UK Meningitis charity

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A Stroud and Bristol-based charity urgently needs local legs to stretch for the Stroud Half Marathon - to raise money to help fight Meningitis.

Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK want enthusiastic locals to run the 13.1-mile race on Sunday, October 27, as part of their team.

Meningitis and septicaemia continue to affect thousands of people in the UK every year and kill more children under five than any other infectious disease. They can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu.

South West community fundraiser Leah Wynn said: “We’re looking forward to the atmospheric local run and would love as many people to join our team as possible – to help us beat the awful disease.

“Every penny raised will go towards funding pioneering research to eradicate the deadly disease, support those touched by meningitis, and raise lifesaving awareness. Full support will be given to our runners and each will receive a free running vest or T-shirt and information pack on how to prepare.”

Stroud-based Meningitis Trust and Bristol-based Meningitis UK recently merged, consolodating their efforts in tackling the disease. The marathon follows on from the charity’s successful Five Valleys Walk around the Cotswold countryside on Sunday, September 29.

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To participate, contact Leah Wynn on: 01453 769081

or email: leahw@meningitis-trust.org.

For more information on the run, visit: www.stroudathleticclub.co.uk

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