Fundraise for run festival

30th March 2019

From a full marathon to a kid’s kilometre – there’s something for everyone at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and we’re asking supporters to sign up to run for Meningitis Now

Jennie recommends Edinburgh Marathon to runners

Kicking off in just eight weeks time, the weekend of running includes the famous Edinburgh Marathon as well as a smorgasbord of other distances to chose from.

This includes a half marathon, a 10k, a 5k, three “junior” events, a special 1k for children aged 3-6, and even a relay. Each race takes place on either Saturday 25 May or Sunday 26 May and will take racers on a panoramic route through the beautiful streets of Scotland’s capital city.

Last year, Meningitis Now supporter Jennie Hughes took on the Half and raised an amazing £5,000 for the charity. She said she was inspired to fundraise for the charity after her daughter Katie had contracted bacterial meningitis two days after her 21st birthday.

“It happened in the middle of the Beast from the East in February 2018,” she said. “It was a scary few weeks but we are lucky - she has made a full recovery and we have been trying to raise awareness of the MenB vaccine since.”

Positive impact

Although she claims not to be a “runner”, Jennie said she was able to get ready for the race by following the training plan on the marathon’s website.

“The race was an incredible experience and I still can’t believe I did it especially since this was my 50th year!” she said. “Everyone was so friendly and the atmosphere was incredible."

“I can highly recommend this for anyone up for a challenge and it was so incredible making a positive impact after such a horrific experience.”

If you would like to take on one of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival’s challenges for Meningitis Now please visit our Edinburgh Marathon Festival web page or contact Community Fundraiser Jo Wilson at

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