Put on trainers for North Run

Competitors run over Tyne Bridge during the Great North Run in Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 16, 2012. See PA Story ATHLETICS Run. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/

Competitors run over Tyne Bridge during the Great North Run in Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 16, 2012. See PA Story ATHLETICS Run. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/

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We are urging people to get their running shoes on and sign up for this year’s Great North Run – the world’s largest half marathon ­– to help fight meningitis on all fronts.

The Great North Run deadline for entries has been extended until 29 July.

We’re looking for more runners to sign up and help represent Team Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK.

Full support will be given for the atmospheric run between Newcastle and South Shields on Sunday, September 15.

Our runners also receive a free running vest or T-shirt, an information pack on how to prepare and a free, well-deserved, sports massage at our post-race reception.

The merged charity needs to raise over £10,000 every day to fund its life-saving and life-changing services.

Tragically, meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia continue to affect thousands of people in the UK every year and kill more children under 5 than any other infectious disease.

Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu.

We are fighting back on all fronts by funding research to eradicate the disease alongside supporting survivors with lifelong help and care.

To take part, either as an individual or with a group of friends or colleagues, and help us achieve our vision, or for more information, contact me on 01453 769023 or email beckyj@meningitis-trust.org

Becky Jones

Events Coordinator

Meningitis UK/Meningitis Trust

Stroud, Gloucestershire