Kicking cancer into touch

Sarah Southern pictured at the start of the body combat work-out. ''Charity body combat session in aid of Cancer Research, at Havant Leisure Centre, Havant, and organised by Sarah Southern. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13825-944)
Sarah Southern pictured at the start of the body combat work-out. ''Charity body combat session in aid of Cancer Research, at Havant Leisure Centre, Havant, and organised by Sarah Southern. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13825-944)

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SADNESS over the death of a loved one led to a fitness marathon raising an incredible amount for Cancer Research.

Sarah Southern organised the body combat event at Havant Leisure Centre in memory of her stepfather Ian Jacks, who died of oesophageal cancer last year aged just 51.

Sarah, 36, from Farlington, raised more than £6,000 from the session because more than 200 paid £10 to take part and many of them collected extra sponsorship money.

She said: ‘It was excellent. Six instructors gave their time for free and 211 people took part.

‘I didn’t even know many of them but they were all doing an amazing thing for Cancer Research.

‘A normal body combat session lasts around 50 minutes, so three hours was pretty hardcore. Well done to everyone for taking part.’

Sarah thanked Lizard Audio for providing the sound system, Ushers, of Cosham, for the fruit and Havant Leisure Centre for providing the venue.