The Right Move MK Marathon Weekend in May includes several different races of different distances – and Sophie, from Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, said she would be taking part in the 10k with her brother Jake.
“Our original plan was to do half a marathon, but I was struggling with the training and was worried about letting people down if I couldn't complete it!” she said.
“The training is going pretty well now, my brother helps me along the way as he's a very good runner. I go running every day after work - but as I'm a carer I do 12 hour shifts then have to go running after!”
Sophie said she was inspired to raise money for Meningitis Now after she herself contracted meningitis when she was six years old. She said she had heard a “few stories” from her parents about what happened but she doesn’t remember much about it herself.
“Often people ask me to tell them my story but I don't remember much,” she said. “I remember the tears from my family, I remember always having a hand to hold and never being alone. I feel like I'm lucky but unlucky in a way. I guess I'm lucky I'm still here, but it's left me with a few problems. But I know the hospital team was amazing and looked after me very well! I’d also like to thank my family and my grandad for all the support and help as I wouldn't be where I am without them.”
It isn’t the first time Sophie has raised funds for Meningitis Now. In the past she raised more than £200 by taking part in a sponsored walk with some friends from college, and even took a bucket around the town of Witney to both raise money and raise awareness. This time she felt she was running to help others who had been through what she went through:
"I’m running for those people that didn't get to make it and didn't get to tell their story,” she said. I’m running for those families that sadly lost loved ones. It's such an unknown but also a life-changing illness that people need to be more aware about. When Me and my brother are running in our Meningitis Now tops if at least a few people search it up on the internet then we would have changed a few people's lives!”