RUN FOR MS

Bendigo runner Madeleine Evely attempts first marathon

BENDIGO teen Madeleine Evely will make her marathon debut at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

She will run 42 kilometres in the July 6 event all in the name of charity.

Evely wants to raise money to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that has affected a loved one.

The 19-year-old said running in her first marathon and helping others were things she was both passionate about.

Evely said her godmother Meagan Daley, who has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for the past seven years, had inspired her to take on this unique challenge.

“I am competing, I do have a goal time for my race but the fact that I am running for a charity is the most special part for me,” she said.

Evely has raced in several Gold Coast events winning her 10km age group event in 2012, she has also competed at the Junior World Championships in Poland in 2011.

She said her training would build in the months leading up to the marathon.

“I have a training diary which I am following, at the moment it is about three days a week then it will go up to training four or five days a week,” Evely said.  

Her long-time family friend Meagan Daley said she was proud of what Madeleine had already achieved.

“We are very close, we see a lot of each other,” she said.  

“She has had firsthand experience of my MS and my journey.  

“She has realised how difficult it can be to live with it.

“For a young person to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis it is amazing.”

As well as her training Evely is also raising money for MS Australia, she is hoping to raise $2000.

She will host a movie night at Bendigo Cinemas on Thursday at 6.45pm.

To donate or for more information about the fundraiser visit https://gcam2014.everydayhero.com/au/madeleine

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