WE’D LIKE to ask readers to get their running shoes on and sign up for this year’s Great North Run – the world’s largest half marathon – and help fight meningitis with every stride.

Meningitis Now is looking for extra runners to join its team, but hurry – registration closes at 10am on Monday, July 7.

To tempt people to run with us we’ve lowered the registration fee to £5. For that you get a running vest or T-shirt, an information pack on how to prepare for the run and a sports massage at our post-race reception. Our friendly events team is also on hand to offer help and advice on how to raise the £300 sponsorship target too.

The 13.1 mile race takes place on Sunday, September 7, and this year we expect to see the millionth runner cross the finish line in South Shields.

Tragically, meningitis continues to affect thousands of people in the UK each year and kills more children under five than any other infectious disease.

Help us fight back on all fronts by funding research to eradicate the disease, raising awareness and supporting survivors.

To take part visit our website at www.meningitisnow.org or contact me on 01453 769023 or email beckyj@meningitisnow.org

Becky Jones, events coordinator, Meningitis Now, Stroud, Gloucestershire.