Appeal Team continue Jane's leagcy

On Sunday over 450 runners will be pulling on their trainers and JTA tops to take part in the 2nd Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon!

Since the launch of the Marathon last year we have been overwhelmed by the support of people across the country choosing to take on the 26.2 mile challenge, raising vital funds for JTA.

These runners will help to carry on Jane's legacy helping us to continue to support children's and cancer charities in need of essential funding.

Jane took part in her first Marathon in 2002, when she challenged herself to run the London Marathon marking the beginning of her fundraising and incredible endurance feats.

Two years earlier, only ten months after she was told by doctors she was dying, Jane entered and ran her first 5km - in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

Before her diagnosis, Jane had not been particularly sporty. She joked that she could barely jog to the end of the road, hadn't been on a bike since she was a teenager and, while she might have been able to swim a few lengths, certainly wasn't in the habit of powering up and down a pool.

But training for fundraising goals very quickly became an intrinsic part of Jane's life. Jane finished her first London Marathon in in 4hrs 53 mins and went on to complete a further two London Marathons before taking part in the New York Marathon in 2005.

In 2003 Jane became the first person to run a marathon whilst receiving chemotherapy.

Over the following years, Jane went on to challenge herself both physically and mentally clocking up a significant number of miles whilst in the process raised £1.8million for charity.

Twelve years on, we are proud that so many people continue to be inspired by Jane's story and are helping her legacy live on.

Through the Appeal we hope to encourage people to set themselves a personal goal and to challenge themselves to achieve their target, whether it be a 5km or a marathon.

Every runner taking part in the marathon on Sunday should be proud not only of their achievement in conquering the miles, but of the difference they will be making through their fundraising.

On behalf of us all at the Appeal, thank you for your support. We simply couldn't do it without you.

Good luck to all the Appeal team on Sunday. Look forward to seeing you all at the finish to celebrate your incredible achievements.