Marketing director beats personal best time at city 10k and boosts funds for Macmillan

Helen Gemmell
Helen Gemmell

A Bedford woman has raised funds for a cancer charity after finishing a 10k winter run setting herself a new record.

Helen Gemmell, from New Cardington and a marketing director at Selco Builders Warehouse, completed the London Winter 10km Run to raise more than £1,800 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

She ran a personal best time of 56 mins 40 secs and was joined by her husband Paul for the race.

Paul said: “It was a great course running around the sights of the capital. The weather was wet and cold but there was a really good atmosphere on the day. It was a great experience and I’m delighted to have taken part.

“To break through the hour mark was really satisfying and made all the hard work during training worthwhile.

“But to raise more than £1,800 for Macmillan and boost the Selco target was certainly the most pleasing part.

“The work Macmillan carry out to support those affected by cancer can be invaluable and, with cancer affecting people very close to me, it gave me even more incentive to do the run.”

Since 2012, Selco employees, customers and suppliers have raised more than £250,000 for Macmillan and are now pushing to break through the £300,000 barrier.

Selco, the building supplies, equipment and tool provider, has a host of fundraising activities planned for Macmillan this year including charity golf days, a cycle challenge, a nominated charity match at Selco-sponsored T20 cricket side Birmingham Bears and participation in the national Macmillan Coffee Morning.