Video: Rugby star Matt Dawson joins Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K run

Former England rugby star Matt Dawson says he'll get a massive kick out of raising cash in the name of Leeds sporting legend Jane Tomlinson.

Matt was full of praise for the inspirational cancer campaigner and fundraiser when he spoke to the YEP at the Queens Hotel.

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The Question of Sport team captain was in Leeds to back the fifth Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K run, which will take place in the city on June 19 and which he will run along with thousands of others.

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He told the YEP: "I probably won't be racing, I'll just be trying to complete it but it's a fabulous opportunity to be a part of the legacy that Jane Tomlinson has given us all.

"I was lucky enough to meet Jane in 2005 when I was part of the England rugby team but I never thought I would one day be running in her race.

But it gives me a lot of pleasure to be part of it."

Matt will be running in support of Sparks, a children's medical research charity founded by professional sports people.

The Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k was set up as a fundraising legacy for Jane following her death in 2007. Diagnosed with incurable breast cancer in August 2000, Jane was given six months to live.

But incredibly, she battled on for seven years, baffling medics by taking part in a series of gruelling challenges including the London Marathon three times, the New York Marathon, three London Triathlons and three long distance bike rides.

She raised more than 1.8m for charities including Macmillan Cancer Relief, Sparks, Damon Runyon Cancer Research, Yorkshire Cancer Centre, Martin House Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Hannah House.

Paying tribute to her phenomenal charity efforts, Matt said: "There's no question that there are hundreds of thousands of people who have been touched and moved by Jane and her efforts to conquer what was deemed to be a disease which was going to put her out of action in months, but she beat it by years.

"In the competitive world that we live in, and particularly in sport, it's all about conquering your demons and being successful in adversity and nobody shines brighter than Jane and what she achieved. She's an inspiration to myself and thousands of others."

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