Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Join Alia and #TeamTangerine for the 2022 Vitality London 10,000

Andy Hopkinson | 8th February 2022

We still have a few places left for the 2022 Vitality London 10,000 and would love you to join our #TeamTangerine for the event on Monday 2 May

Alia runs London 10,000 after bacterial meningitis recovery

The central London course gives you the full tourist guide to the capital’s sights, passing famous landmarks including Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

But, more importantly, by running for us you’ll be running with like-minded people determined to fight back against meningitis with every step they take.

Real challenge

People like Alia Speller, who told us: “Anyone who knows me well knows that running any distance is no passion of mine. This is a real challenge for me, but a challenge I want to face with strength and energy as a small way of giving back to a charity that did so much for me.”

Alia contracted bacterial pneumococcal meningitis in March 2018 and it took her a year to recover.

“It truly is as devastatingly random as having lunch in your local town on a Saturday and on the Sunday being induced into a coma during your daughter’s second birthday party,” she said.

“I am only here living a wonderful life with those I love because the right medication was developed to fight this devastating infection. Thirty years ago, I simply would have died. The right treatment coupled with quick action was there and means I have no permanent physical after-effects from the disease.

Strike anyone at any time

“I always thought meningitis was something that hit the very young and the very old – not a 33-year-old living a normal life. It can strike anyone at any time. Life is now gloriously precious to me, but it could all have gone in an instant.” 

You can support Alia’s challenge on her fundraising page.

Our Fundraising Manager Kirsty Owen-Hayward said: “It costs just £10 with a fundraising pledge of £100 to join Alia and our team in the run. And as well as your own personalised Meningitis Now technical running top we’ll give you training and dietary tips through our Events Training Hub, free fundraising materials and support from our Fundraising team every step of the way.”

Find out more and sign up here.

Own place and virtual versions

Kirsty added: “You can also join us as an Own Place runner - sign up directly through the Vitality London 10,000 page for £39, and then join our team through our London 10,000 page. There is no additional fee to register, and no minimum fundraising pledge, although we would love you to raise as much as you can of course. 

“And, if you can't make the date, or don't want to travel, then no problem – there’s even a Virtual Vitality London 10,000 which runs from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 8 May and brings the race to you! 

“For £19, you'll receive a bib number to wear as you run your chosen route, the same finishers' medal and New Balance t-shirt as the main event, and all the same benefits from the charity. There's no minimum fundraising pledge.”

However you choose to join us, we look forward to welcoming you to the London 10,000 team and thank you for your support.

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