A long-term supporter of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Emily has taken on many fantastic events over the years, including running the distance of Land's End to John O'Groats in 2015 and the Columbia Threadneedle Triathlon in 2016.. In 2017 she took on a year-long challenge called the #PeoplePowerRun, which involved fifty different runs with fifty different groups and individuals. This year, to celebrate ten years of supporting the Appeal, she will be taking on London Marathon. You can read Emily's blog here.
In 2017, Manse Capital announced the Jane Tomlinson Appeal as one of its charities of the year. Since May, the financial planning company in Horsforth has been fundraising for the Appeal both inside and outside the office. They hold regular dress down days and there directors have even taken on a few 10Ks. In September they held a golf day to get all their clients involved in the fundraising as well.
Carol and Basil Penney
Carol has been a huge supporter of the Appeal since the first ever Leeds 10K back in 2007 and has the honour of running every single one to date. 'I absolutely love the day. I was delighted to meet Jane in 2007 and was inspired to always run in Leeds because of her,' says Carol. As well as this, Carol runs several 10Ks every year to fundraise for the Appeal. Basil, her husband, also joins Carol at the events to support both her and the #AppealTeam, and gets some great snaps of them on course (like the one above!)
Last year, Kay Hinton made it her goal to run six half marathons in six months for the Appeal, including the Sheffield Half Marathon. Having started as a novice runner using the Couch to 5k app in November 2016, Kay soon felt confident to take on this huge challenge to fundraise for us. In total, Kay raised over £485 and achieved an incredible goal in the process.
Wetherby High School
Wetherby High continues to be one the Appeal's biggest supporters; it even has a house named after Jane and the students within the house, headed up by teacher Nick Nightingale, fundraise every year for the Appeal. In 2017, teachers from the school took on the Leeds Half Marathon as a team and the students fundraised to support their efforts, raising an incredible £1,044. This year, Nick will be taking on the Nottingham Outlaw Triathlon; to support his efforts, the students will be organising a run, a swim and a cycle event to fundraise.
Steve Irving, Matt Fowler and Robbie McEwan
Steve, Matt and Robbie have already taken on many challenges for the Appeal; in 2016, Steve ran 2,016 miles for the Appeal and Matt and Robbie have taken on numerous 10Ks, half marathons and full marathons to support us. This year, they have planned their most epic challenge to date: running Coast to Coast from Blackpool to Scarborough in four days. Alongside this, Steve will be taking on twelve marathons, Matt will be running several events of different distances and Robbie has already booked onto a Run For All 10K series season ticket. You can support their challenge here.
At the beginning of 2017, Helen pledged to run 1000 miles to fundraise for the Appeal and regain her fitness. Her achievements included, York 10K, the Great North Run and the Yorkshire 10 Mile. She completed her challenge on 20th December 2017 and hit the £1000 mark on New Year's eve, smashing her original target of £750.
The Rothwell Harriers was Jane's running club and have been supporters of the Appeal for a long time. Their main fundraiser is the annual Canal Run that was started in 2005 by Jason Westmoreland of the Harriers and continues to be a huge success, having raised over £50,000 in its history for the Appeal. In 2017, it raised a huge £4,600 and saw over 500 people participate in both the 5K run and the 1.5 mile family fun run. Members of the Harriers are also regulars at the Leeds 10K.
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