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MS runner Eva Sundin completes Nottingham half-marathon in a week

Eva Sundin
Image caption Eva Sundin was helped along the 13-mile course by two friends

A woman with multiple sclerosis has completed the Nottingham Half Marathon - a week after starting it.

Eva Sundin, 59, a psychology lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, was diagnosed with MS in 2001.

She decided to complete the 13-mile (21km) route as a challenge to herself and to raise money for charity Nottingham MS.

Ms Sundin walked two miles a day, crossing the finish line with the help of two friends, on Sunday morning.

Image caption Ms Sundin started the half-marathon course last Sunday

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

  • Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord
  • Some of the most common symptoms include feeling very tired, bladder problems, problems with balance, co-ordination and walking
  • Vision problems such as blurring are also common, as is muscle stiffness and uncontrolled movements, or spasms.
  • Currently there is no cure for MS
  • About 100,000 in the UK have MS and it affects almost twice as many women as men

Source:Multiple Sclerosis Society


Speaking after the race, Ms Sundin said: "It felt really good to finish. I guess I felt surprise, joy and excitement as I crossed the line.

"The first day was hard, I used all my willpower to get myself moving but then it got better."

Friend Greg Blackamore who helped Ms Sundin complete the course, said: "I'm immensely proud of Eva, it's been a tough eight days.

"We've had some pretty brutal days but she's amazing."

Ms Sundin has so far raised more than £950, with donations still coming in.

She added she was considering entering the Cork marathon in Ireland next year.

Thousands of people signed up for the Robin Hood Half Marathon, with hundreds more taking on the full, 26-mile marathon course.

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