A FITNESS instructor is getting her students fighting fit for the Race for Life.
Laura Bartlett, who runs three boxercise boot camps in Sunderland, will be doing the 10k race on Saturday at Herrington Country Park, along with at least six women from her classes.
The 29-year-old, who has taken part for several years, said it will be even more important after her mum battled breast cancer.
Betty Bartlett, 59, from Fence Houses, was diagnosed in January, and is now on the road to recovery.
Laura said: “This year’s race is of a greater importance than usual for me, because of my mum having breast cancer. She has finished her radiotherapy and now just goes for regular checks.”
The health scare has brought home to Laura just how important the money raised is in carrying out research into fighting cancer.
Laura is also putting on a special boxercise boot camp session and proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK.
The class, which costs £3.50, will be held at Holy Rosary Church, off Durham Road, on Thursday from 6pm to 7pm.
People are encouraged to wear pink.
Laura runs boxercise classes on Mondays at St Aidan’s Parish Centre, New Herrington, Wednesdays at YMCA Herrington Burn, and Thursdays at Holy Rosary Church,.
They take place between 6pm and 7pm, and anyone is welcome to join.
Race for Life events are being held across the country, including two at Herrington Country Park, the 10k on Saturday, May 21 and the 5k the following day.
There is still time to take part, just visit www.raceforlife.org.