The friend of a teenager who died of meningitis has persuaded her uni friends to run the half marathon with her.

Stephanie Darvill, 21, from Carshalton, has rallied her kickboxing club friends from the University of Bath to run the Bath half marathon, in March, in memory of Georgia Tait who died the day after her 18th birthday.

Sutton Guardian:

Stephanie Darvill

Miss Darvill said: “I’d heard of meningitis, but it wasn’t until what happened to Georgia that I realised what a dangerous and horrible disease it is.

“I’m determined to finish and I’d like to do it in one-hour and 50 minutes – but even if I’m crawling across the line – I will finish.”

Georgia, a Sutton High School A-level student, died on July 10, 2011, just 12 hours after the signs of meningitis were noticed.

She had recently returned from a holiday to Kos, Greece, with her friends to celebrate completing her exams and was looking forward to starting the Durham University.

Carolyn Tait, Georgia’s mum, who also raised money for the charity by walking from Carshalton to Durham, said: “She leaves us without her sunshine and beautiful face – so missed, but remembered forever”.

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