Kickboxing champ ready for her 12-mile run

Ebonie Jones

Ebonie Jones

The hustings at Portsmouth College - from left:  David Carpenter (college governor), Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Lib Dems), Ian McCulloch (Green), Steve Fitzgerald (college teacher and chair), Stephen Morgan (Labour), Kevan Chippindall-Higgin (Ukip) and Penny Mordaunt (Cons)   Picture: Heather Eggelton

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INSPIRATIONAL teenager Ebonie Jones will embark on a 12-mile run tomorrow in memory of a Portsmouth mum who lost her battle with cancer.

The 13-year-old was moved by the story of Emma Parsons, who had been fighting cervical cancer for two years, and will be raising money for her 14-year-old son Harry’s trust fund.

Emma was diagnosed with the disease two years ago and was treated in Portsmouth before receiving the devastating news that there was no more treatment available.

She had also been receiving treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton.

The Springfield School pupil’s run will start in Clarence Parade, Southsea, at 10am and finish at South Parade Pier.

She said: ‘I’ll do as much as I can and my friends and family have been supportive, as have her friends and family – they are grateful.’

Ebonie is not only a keen runner, she is the ABA national boxing champion and trains at the Heart of Portsmouth gym with Q Shilingford and master Luke Carter.

She is ranked number one in the country in kickboxing after beating Jade Clayton in the junior full contact competition at a national tournament in Nottingham in November. Ebonie can also run six miles in a staggering 42 minutes.

Her potential and determined attitude in life was spotted by Dawn Randall, manager of South Parade Pier, who is sponsoring her.

Ebonie’s dad Brian said: ‘I’m proud of her. You don’t see many 13-year-old girls that are as dedicated as her.

‘Going out of her way to raise money and help others says a lot about her.

‘Without the help of Dawn at South Parade Pier, she wouldn’t be doing any of this.

‘Ebonie has been training hard for this run. She is a dedicated fighter and it shows with her dedicated attitude.’

If anyone wants to cheer on Ebonie, her friends and family will be at South Parade Pier from 10am.

To sponsor her, contact Kelly Appleton on 07557 531181 or e-mail kappleton87@gmail.com.

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