Jogging on to fight meningitis

16th August 2018

Supporter Jenny Campbell took up running to fight back from meningitis and has just completed our Jog on Meningitis challenge – five years to the day since her first meningitis diagnosis

Jenny Jog On Meningitis

Along the way she’s also raised a fantastic £1,000 for our vital work. Now she’s planning her next challenge.

“In July 2017 I was diagnosed with viral meningitis. This was the second time in four years, having previously had it in 2013."

“It has been a long, frustrating journey and I have taken to running to try to improve my health and give me something positive to focus on. I have used running as part of my recovery both times, firstly completing a 5k in 2014 and then signing up for the Edinburgh Marathon 10k in May of this year."

“Whilst I am still suffering from some after-effects, I am sure that running has improved my recovery and my general wellbeing."

Noticeable improvement

“Whilst training for the 10k, I was able to come off all of my medication and felt a noticeable improvement in my symptoms. I also managed to raise an incredible £800 for Meningitis Now."

“After the 10k event in May, I needed a new challenge. The announcement of the Jog On Meningitis 50ks in 50 days event came just at the right time for me. I wasn't running as often and had started to experience more frequent headaches again."

“So, I signed up for the challenge, hoping to raise a bit more money but ultimately to prove to myself that I could get fit enough again to complete the challenge."

Enjoyed the flexibility

“I found completing it a very different experience to training for the 10k. I enjoyed the flexibility of it, knowing that if I wasn't feeling great or was tired, I didn't need to push myself too hard. Equally on days when I felt good, I could go an extra few kms."

“I achieved my 50k total 17 days after signing up, which I was thrilled with. A combination of walking instead of driving to work and at least three 5k runs per week helped me to smash the 50k target much quicker than I had anticipated."

“The day that I completed the challenge was also exactly five years to the day since my first meningitis diagnosis – what a way to celebrate!"

Proud to have raised £1,000

“In total I am so proud to say that I have managed to raise £1,000 for Meningitis Now between my two running events this year."

“I would encourage anyone to take part in the 50ks50days challenge. Even on bad days, a 1k walk can make such a difference to how you feel."

“In the meantime, I'm looking forward to thinking about what my next challenge will be!”