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Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson
Jane Tomlinson

An inspiration to all

Jane Tomlinson had terminal breast cancer, but she proved that anything is possible with her achievements and fundraising.

We find out more about this remarkable Leeds woman.

About Jane

Since being told she was suffering from incurable cancer, Jane Tomlinson has inspired a nation, she's run a wide variety of races, including the London Marathon, London Triathlon, Great North Run and a number of cycle challenges.

Jane has raised over £1m for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which helps various charities including Hannah House in Rothwell, Macmillan Cancer Relief, The Paediatric Acute Services at Leeds NHS Trust and SPARKS.

Jane Tomlinson was from Rothwell and was originally diagnosed, in 1990, with breast cancer when she was just 26 years old.

A tumour in Jane's lung grew so large that it made her breathless.

Then in August 2000 a scan revealed multiple secondary cancers. Jane's diagnosis was terminal.

But despite the odds, Jane was determined to prove to others who are touched by cancer that life goes on and anything is possible.

Add your personal tribute to Jane

Jane's achievements include:

- On Thursday 29 June 2006, Jane set off on her biggest fundraising challenge - to cycle 4,200 miles across America

- On Friday 28 January 2005, Jane announced that her fundraising had topped her £1m target.

- In June 2004, Jane and her brother completed a mammoth 2000 mile, five-week tandem bike ride from Rome to Leeds.

- Jane was recognised with a MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours list in June 2003.

- In August 2003, Jane completed one of her most gruelling sporting challenges - the Ironman UK Triathlon.

- Jane cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End on a tandem with her brother Luke Goward. The event began on 21 March and finished Friday 11 April 2003.

- In December 2002 Jane was honoured in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

- In August 2002 Jane crossed the line in the first half of the field in the London Triathlon.

- She was the winner of the Women of Achievement Awards in Leeds in May 2002 in recognition of her courage in running the London Marathon.

- In April 2002 Jane completed the London Marathon.


- Jane completed the 2002 Great North Run in Newcastle in one hour 51 minutes, four minutes ahead of her husband Mike.

From BBC News>>


04/09/07: Jane Tomlinson loses her cancer fight
30/06/06: Jane begins epic bike challenge
07/11/05: Jane runs New York marathon
09/09/05: Hospital pays tribute
20/05/05: Jane made Freeman of the city
28/01/05:
Inspiring story of brave Jane
28/01/05:
Jane tops £1m mark
07/11/04:
Jane's Ironman triumph
02/09/04:
Gruelling challenge for Jane
30/08/04:
Jane sets sights on the Dales
22/08/04:
Jane finishes Ironman
25/07/04:
Daughters give Jane event boost
16/06/04:
Jane to carry Olympic torch
04/05/04: Jane ends first leg of cycle trek
04/03/04: Cancer sufferer's ride from Rome
25/01/04: Jane finishes York half marathon
13/10/03: Marathon mum an inspiration
09/10/03:
Marathon mum receives MBE
21/09/03:
Jane's Great North Run
31/08/03: Ironwoman Jane
12/08/03: Jane's latest challenge
04/08/03: Jane completes triathalon
14/06/03: Brave Jane heads honours list
11/05/03: Jane starts Leeds Marathon
14/04/03: Jane completes her last race

12/04/03: Jane prepares for 'last race'
11/04/03: Charity ride over for Jane
09/04/03: Charity ride nears end
01/04/03: Jane arrives for civic reception
26/03/03: Return home for chemotherapy
10/01/03: Marathon star back on cash trail
09/12/02: Jane wins top award
08/12/02: Jane's fighting spirit
21/11/02:
Jane tops £100,000 target
12/08/02:
Jane completes triathalon
07/10/02: Jane completes her final challenge

last updated: 05/09/07
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