Love Leeds: The brave mum who kept on running

Jane Tomlinson.
Jane Tomlinson.
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JANE Tomlinson, a hospital radiographer from Rothwell, inspired millions of people worldwide as she personally raised £1.8m while battling terminal cancer.

She took on and completed a string of gruelling endurance challenges, including a 4,200-mile bike ride across America as well as numerous marathons and other running events.

Then, just three months before her death aged 43 in 2007, Jane and her family staged the inaugural Leeds 10K run.

It attracted 8,000 entrants and proved to be the start of something hugely special.

Follow-up events in Leeds and beyond were organised, each of them continuing to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and its partner charities as a lasting tribute to the much-missed mum-of-three.

A dedicated company called Run For All was set up to look after the races and this year it is putting on 10Ks in Leeds, York, Hull, Burnley and Lincoln, half marathons in Leeds and Sheffield and the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.

Jane’s loved ones revealed earlier this year that the amount raised in her name had topped £7.5m.

Her daughter Suzanne told the YEP at the time: “I think Mum would have been amazed and so pleased.”