Tom Harlow, 41, from Ashton Keynes near Cirencester has completed 7 marathons in 7 days to raise over £6,000 for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), after developing meningitis TWICE himself.
Tom was an 18 year old student the first time he contracted meningitis. He went to the GP four times, but was told to go home and take paracetamol. Tom said: “When I eventually reached hospital it was touch and go. One of the medics suggested that I might have taken an overdose, but I was very fortunate as another said he wanted to do a test to rule out meningitis, and that doctor saved my life without a doubt as it turned out I had MenB. Thankfully I recovered without after effects.”
Last year, Tom discovered he had meningitis again. He had two lumbar punctures but they were inconclusive, and although he still doesn’t know whether the second time was bacterial or viral, likelihood suggests the second bout of meningitis was viral.
Now a self-employed HR consultant, and a father of two, Tom was training for the London Marathon in April to fundraise for MRF. After it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tom committed to running 7 full marathons in just one week.