Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Keep warm with Virtual Runner UK this winter for Meningitis Now

Andy Hopkinson | 7th October 2021

Looking for a different way to keep warm this winter?

Virtual Runner UK half marathon for Meningitis Now

Well, how about signing up for a Virtual Winter Half Marathon? Training for and taking on the event should help keep those winter shivers at bay.

The event is organised by Virtual Runner UK, who will donate a minimum 20% of your £13 entry fee to support our lifesaving and life-changing work.

All you need to do is run or walk 13.1 miles wherever you want to between 1 December 2021 and 28 February 2022 to claim your medal. The distance has to be completed in one go, rather than cumulatively.

You will be asked to submit evidence that you’ve covered the distance to Virtual Runner UK by 3 March 2022 at 12 noon. Once you have submitted your evidence, your shiny medal will be sent out within five working days.

Sign up today

Our Fundraising Manager, Kirsty Owen-Hayward, said: “We’d love lots of people to sign up to support us with this winter warmer event. 

“As well as getting a donation towards our work from the entry fee to the organiser those taking part can set up a fundraising page through, where every penny you raise will help us to save lives and rebuild futures, as we look to defeat meningitis in the UK within a generation.

“If you raise £50 we'll send you a special branded Meningitis Now buff – great for wearing as a headband, wristband, scarf or face covering – to reward your hard efforts. 

To sign up today visit the Virtual Runner website at

Find out more by contacting our Fundraising team at or call 01453 768 000.

Update - March 2022

A huge thank you to the 276 people who signed up to the challenge, raising £720 for Meningitis Now! In addition, we'd like to give a special shout-out to Lucie Riches, who raised an additional £69 through JustGiving. Well done to everyone who took part.