Jane was 36 when, in August 2000, she and her family received the devastating news she had terminal breast cancer. Over the next seven years she captured the attention of the world through her achievements as she outlived her initial six month prognosis. With seemingly endless reserves of determination and courage she completed incredible challenges to raise money to help others through Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
One of Jane’s motives was to show that people with a terminal prognosis can still lead an active and fruitful life, and proclaimed: “Death doesn’t arrive with the prognosis.” She proved beyond all doubt to be true to her word and with her uncompromising drive, unwavering determination and supreme bravery Jane provided true inspiration and genuine hope to a great many people.
During this period Jane, a mother of three from Leeds, took on a series of apparently ‘impossible’ challenges for someone suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatment, including a full Ironman (4km Swim, 180Km bike ride and full marathon – completed inside 17 hours), two half Ironmans, the London Marathon three times, the New York Marathon, three London Triathlons and three long distance bike rides – John O Groats to Lands End, Rome to Home and her final huge challenge a 6781.8 km ride across America.
ane efforts also raised over £1,850,000 for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, SPARKS, Damon Runyon Cancer Research, Yorkshire Cancer Centre, Martin House Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Hannah House.
Despite finally having to retire from competition at the end of 2006 Jane channelled her remaining energies into an event which is destined to provide a legacy for many years to come – The Leeds 10k ‘Run For All.’ The first event was held in June 2007 and was a fantastic success attracting 8,000 participants, which is truly remarkable for a new event of this type, and raising a staggering £500,000+ for charities and good causes.