A Marathon reason to run

10th March 2019

An Aberdeenshire woman inspired by a meningitis survivor is taking on this year’s London Marathon for us

Meningitis survivor Louise runs London Marathon blog

Louise Urquhart, of Stonehaven, has been inspired by the story of her friend Sophie Macdonald to take on the challenge. 

“This will be one of the biggest challenges I have ever done,” Louise said, “but when I think what Sophie and her family have been through over the last seven years it seems very little in the grand scheme of things.”

Try my hardest

Louise, who turned 40 last year, had completed 37 items from her 40 before 40 list, but had to drop out of taking part in a run due to an ankle injury. So, for 2019, she has decided to take on the big one – the London Marathon.

“All I can say is I will train, try my bloody hardest, keep smiling and raise as much money as I can”, Louise added.

Louise was working in a shop alongside Sophie’s brother Ben and got to know Sophie and her mum Katrina.

Woke up in agony

She discovered that unfortunately Sophie was struck down by meningitis seven years ago, having woken up in agony after going to bed with what she thought was a common cold.

Doctors told her she would make a full recovery in just two weeks but the 29 year-old has spent years toiling with chronic pain, seizures, sleep deprivation and exhaustion, with doctors blaming a form of recurring meningitis.

Since then Sophie has managed to raise nearly £25,000 for us towards our lifesaving and life-changing work. 

You can read Sophie’s story here

Now Louise is looking to support her efforts through her own challenge. You can support her efforts on her JustGiving page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LouiseUrquhart1.

Kirsty Owen-Hayward, our London Marathon Event Manager, said, “What a fantastic way to fight back against meningitis and we wish Louise all the best for her London Marathon challenge.”

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