Marathon charity effort

Aaron Campbell. (Joe Mastroianni). 208734_02

By Alesha Capone

Werribee resident Aaron Campbell is on the run to raise funds for a good cause.

The 24-year-old is planning to run 50 kilometres from Wyndham Vale to Anakie on Saturday, to raise funds for MS Research Australia (MS).

Mr Campbell, who is assistant coach to the Manor Lakes Football Club senior women’s team, said he decided to join the players when they signed up for The May 50K: Kiss Goodbye to MS challenge, which asks participants to run 50 kilometres within a month to raise funds for research into multiple sclerosis.

Overall, Mr Campbell is aiming to run a total of 250 kilometres this month, including the weekend’s 50 kilometre run.

He said he usually ran an average of 50 to 80-kilometres per week, but a recent Achilles’ injury meant he had spent the past couple of months slowly working his way back up to his usual training.

On Saturday, Mr Campbell will finish his fundraising dash by running laps of the Anakie Football Club oval, where he is also a player.

“The thing I’m looking forward to most is ticking off something that I have had on my bucket list, actually two things considering the most I’ve ever ran is 35 kilometres – I’ll be able to tick off a marathon (which is 42.195 kilometres) and a 50km run,” he said.

“My biggest challenge would be the fatigue … from running up the different hills on the way to Anakie, and the last couple of laps of the football field will be a challenge, as it’ll be quite repetitive.”

Mr Campbell said he set a fundraising target for MS of $600, but he was hoping to achieve a total of $1000 in donations.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who’s donated already and is supporting me in this endeavour, especially my fiancé, Dayle, who will be riding her bike along with me,” he said.

See to donate to Mr Campbell’s fundraising efforts.