Taking part in marathons has given Jane Tomlinson’s daughter Rebecca an insight into the sheer guts and determination her mother had to find to reach the finish line.
Rebecca and her father, Mike Tomlinson, from Leeds, will be taking part in a major new sporting event for Yorkshire, which will see thousands of runners pounding a 26-mile course around the streets of York and the surrounding beautiful countryside to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and other charities.
It is hoped the first ever Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, which is being launched today, will become a major event in the UK’s sporting calendar attracting runners keen to push themselves to the absolute limit on a course that is both flat and fast and also welcome those wanting to do their first marathon inspired by Jane Tomlinson’s courage.
Rebecca, 24, who will be taking part in the marathon on October 20, did the London marathon, her first attempt at the mammoth running challenge, with her dad the year after her mother died.
“I think one of the reasons why I did the marathon the first time was because I wanted to see how much mum had to push herself because obviously she did a lot more than a marathon with cancer.”
Jane, from Leeds, was diagnosed with incurable cancer but completed a number of challenges despite her pain and illness.
The countdown to the event officially begins today when a host of famous Yorkshire faces will gather at York’s iconic Clifford’s Tower to welcome the marathon to their home county. They will celebrate the arrival of the event by making the ‘Y’ for ‘Yorkshire’, the new symbol of the marathon.
Mr Tomlinson hopes the event will raise £500,000 for charities in its first year.
“Hopefully it can be an event that Yorkshire can be proud of,” he said.
Mr Tomlinson added last night: “There is no doubt that Yorkshire is exactly the place to launch a new marathon.”
To register for the new running event go to the website www.theyorkshiremarathon.com.