Angela Bremner knows her 10-year-old’s running ability isn’t “normal”.
While the Victorian family has been embracing Molly’s passion for running for marathon distances, she knows it has to be put on hold at some point until she is a bit older.
But not before Molly smashes out hundreds of kilometres collectively with supporters on April 3 to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Institute, in honour of her sister Phoebe who died 10 years ago.
The pint-sized Essendon athlete had planned to run from Melbourne to Canberra but COVID restrictions derailed that idea so she’ll now do the equivalent 625km around a track.
While others will help Molly reach her goal, she regularly smashes out full marathons so she’ll manage a fair chunk of that in her five hour plan.
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Mrs Bremner said she usually did a half marathon every weekend, on top of her little athletics events that see her doing long distance and sprinting events.
“She’s only 10 so at some point she has to stop doing those long distances,” she said.
“There is no end in sight and she needs to have an end in sight because she’s so little, putting her body through that all the time.
“We don’t want it to stop her growth. It’s not normal for a child to run those distances.”
“We don’t know any child who runs those long distances.”
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Mrs Bremner said Molly developed her passion for running at eight when she started following Andre Jones on his quest to run around Australia and wanted to do the same.
“She was determined to do it so we took her for 3km and we gradually increased the distances and she could do it and she loves it,” she said.
“She wants to go to the Olympics, and if you ask her she says she doesn’t know if she’ll do sprinting or long distance because she’s good at both.”
Molly never met her sister, who died of brain cancer at just seven months old.
Mrs Bremner said Phoebe had a brain tumour that was missed from birth.
By the time it was operated on it was two thirds the size of her head and she passed away during surgery.
“It’s something we talk about in the family, and it’s quite healthy for us to talk about her,” Mrs Bremner said.
“Molly has asked lots of questions that are difficult to answer, if Phoebe was still here would she be here.
“It wasn’t until we had Molly we realised we should bring more awareness to childhood brain cancer.”
To donate to Molly’s run visit her fundraising page.