This April will mark 10 years since Jane Tomlinson, CBE, ran the London marathon for the first time and so a big challenge is planned. Jane defied the odds and public perception of cancer taking on an array of serious endurance events in order to raise over £1.85million for charity. As the first terminally ill breast cancer patient to take complete the London Marathon, Jane confronted what to many seemed impossible.
With this year's London Marathon marking the 10th anniversary of Jane's first marathon & the beginning of her endurance challenge milestones in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal the Tomlinson family have set themselves a 'marathon' challenge.
But why stop at just one marathon! Mike & Rebecca Tomlinson
will take on an 8 day challenge completing Paris Marathon ahead of
a 6 day cycle route to London ahead of the London Marathon via Hull
and the Appeal's home turf of Yorkshire.
Taking in the region's key landmarks Mike & Rebecca will be joined by a team of cyclists as they take on the 100mile a day cycle route to the capital.
Followingin the footsteps of Jane, who set the endurance bar high completing challenges such as the Florida Ironman in 2004 and a 2500mile bike ride across America in 2006, an endurance challenge was the only fitting way to mark the anniversary.
Prior to Jane's death in 2007 she'd not only completed a number of endurance events but had raised an incredible £1.85million in the process. With £4million having now been raised to date its hoped that the team will not only take on the challenge to complete the mileage but to get a step closer to the charities next fundraising target of £5million.
Mike said: "I still struggle to comprehend the endurance feats Jane completed and the starting point was the 2002 London Marathon. The aim was to raise £5,000 and here we are 10 years and £4 million. More than the money Jane helped people change lives and to celebrate this we wanted to celebrate the anniversary in appropriate fashion. So it's not a black knees up but a strength sapping endurance challenge so with a new tub of Chamois cream and the bike out of mothballs we'll be testing body and spirit let's hope Jane's spirit see's me through."
With the Paris Marathon taking place on Sunday 15th April there's only 6 weeks to go till the challenge begins. Along the way the team will also be joined by a number of surprise guests taking part in the challenge. First of whom is to be announced later this week.