Jane Tomlinson was an inspiration to us all. As many know, Jane was diagnosed with incurable, advanced breast cancer in 2000, and was told she would only survive for six more months. However, Jane fought through various treatment programmes, and despite also developing chronic heart disease, bravely completed a full Ironman, two half Ironmans, four marathons, three London Triathlons and three long distance bike rides – John O Groats to Lands End, Rome to Home and the final challenge: an amazing 6781.8 km ride across America. Jane’s efforts raised over £1,850,000 for numerous charities. She sadly passed away in September 2007, but her legacy lives on.

I wanted to write this blog to raise awareness about a forthcoming charity ride that her husband, Mike, and daughter, Rebecca, are organising in memory of Jane and to raise money for Jane’s Appeal. Mike, 47, and Rebecca, 20, will cycle the 1400miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End, beginning on 11 July. They will cycle an average of 60 miles a day during their three week ride. The route will be similar to that taken by Jane in 2003, when she tandem cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End, stopping twice for chemotherapy treatment.

I would urge all of you to have a look at the Jane’s Appeal website – www.janesappeal.com, and find out how you might be able to help this worthy and important cause.