Book to celebrate Jane Tomlinson's life

Leeds cancer heroine Jane Tomlinson's phenomenal achievements earned her plaudits from around the world.

Now, three years after her death, Jane's bravery has received fresh recognition.

It has been revealed that the Rothwell mum-of-three has been given a listing in the prestigious Dictionary of National Biography.

The famous volume chronicles the most important people to die in the UK each year and dates back 2,000 years.

Jane, who passed away in 2007 after a six year fight with terminal breast cancer, is one of just 216 people listed in the latest edition.

Other notables, about whom obituarties appear, include England World Cup hero Alan Ball, Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, former Daily Telegraph editor Lord Deedes and actor Ian Richardson, who played Prime Minister Francis Urquhart in political thriller House of Cards.

The essay about Jane details her extraordinary achievements, from running marathons and completing triathlons to cycling across Europe and America while in agonising pain and having chemotherapy treatment.

Jane, who died aged just 43, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2000 and was given just six months to live.

But she fought the disease for seven years, raising more than 1.5m for charities.

Her family, led by widower Mike, 49, are now determined to take the total raised in her memory to 5m.

Mike said: "Jane achieved such amazing things in her life and it's nice that, three years after she died, she has been recognised in this way.

"She was a wife and mother first but she did incredible things against all the odds. We still get told all the time how Jane was an inspiration and that's really nice to hear.

"It's important to all of the family that we carry on Jane's legacy, with the annual Run For All events and our other fundraising.

"We've given hundreds of thousands to charities - many of them in aid of cancer support and research and to help children, causes Jane was particularly keen to help."

The 2011 Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K takes place on Sunday, June 19.


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