YEP Says: Jane ran for all and remains our true inspiration

The runners make their way past Leeds Town Hall  towards the finish of the race.
The runners make their way past Leeds Town Hall towards the finish of the race.
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Hats off to you if you took part in the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon.

Yet again, another fantastic event bringing a sense of celebration, jubilation and supremely positive spirit to all – runners and spectators alike.

That it took place on the hottest day of the year so far must have increased the challenge ten-fold – especially for the individual in the Minion suit (see our picture spread) and all other brave souls who donned sweltering fancy dress!

Last year the event raised more than £300,000 for good causes: with undoubtedly the majority of runners pounding the roads of Leeds on behalf of others, as well as to challenge themselves.

It is organised, of course, as part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson. Jane was 36 when, in August 2000, she and her family received the devastating news she had terminal breast cancer.

Over the next seven years Jane captured the attention of the world through her achievements as she outlived her initial six month prognosis. With seemingly endless reserves of determination and courage she completed incredible challenges to raise money to help others through Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

One of her aims was to show that people with a terminal prognosis could still lead an active and fruitful life. “Death doesn’t arrive with the prognosis,” she said.

She proved beyond all doubt to be true to her word and with her uncompromising drive, unwavering determination and supreme bravery. You remain our inspiration Jane.