Race for Life is the ideal motivation for a Bilton mum to get back in shape for a good cause

Pictured: Jemma Funnell, training, ready to take part in the 2012 'Race for Lfe', in memory of those she has lost to cancer.
Pictured: Jemma Funnell, training, ready to take part in the 2012 'Race for Lfe', in memory of those she has lost to cancer.
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A BILTON mother who has young twin boys is using Rugby’s Race for Life to get her fitness levels back on track.

Jemma Funnell said taking part in the sponsored event for Cancer Research UK will motivate her to go on regular runs again.

She said: “I used to run a lot for exercise before I had the boys and now I want to get fit again.

“Signing up for Race for Life will motivate me to go for regular runs - that’s the intention anyway.”

Jemma, mother to Archie and Isaac, originally signed up for the 5k route but hopes to complete the 10k event in Leicester on June 30. Rugby’s event is on July 15.

She said: “This way I can run with some other friends rather than on my own.

“For me 10k will be more of a challenge as I have previously done two 5k events.”

Jemma will be joined by friends Karen Biggs, Angharad Thorpe, Catherine Douglas, Nicola Shoebridge, Kelly Rogerson and Emma Wright.

“Obviously I’d like to raise as much as I can so if anyone would like to sponsor me I would be extremely grateful.

“I donate to Cancer Research UK on a monthly basis anyway as it’s a very worthwhile charity. I’ve sadly lost a few relatives to cancer. It’s a nasty, evil disease.”

Jemma is taking part in the event in memory of my best friend’s sister, Bobbie Fox, who died last year after suffering from a brain tumour.

“She left behind her daughter who was only four years old and a large family who loved her very much and miss her every day,” said Jemma.

“To think of what she and her family went through really spurs me on to run and raise as much money as I can.”

Jemma squeezes in training sessions to build up her stamina for the big day.

She said: “It’s hard to train regularly with friends as children, work and weather interferes but I seem to be doing OK on my own with my iPod!”

If you would like to sponsor Jemma, visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/jemmafunnell

Rugby’s event takes place at The Close, Rugby School, on Sunday, July 15. To join Rugby versus cancer, enter Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.