A lady called Jane Tomlinson hit the news headlines recently.
“Who’s she?” I hear many of you saying.
An ordinary person with extraordinary courage and determination is how I would describe Jane. Not that I know her, that’s just the perception I got from some of the interviews with her in the British media. Every time I heard her speak about her amazing feats she would pay tribute to her family, friends and others, almost as if to play down her own accomplishments.
Jane ran the London marathon in April 2002. In 2003 she cycled from John O’ Groats to Lands End (that’s the entire length of Britain) before running the London Marathon again. Later that year she took part in a ‘half Ironman’ triathlon. In 2004 she rode 4000km from Rome back to her home in England in 36 days, before taking on a Full Ironman triathlon. A year later, she completed the New York Marathon in just over five hours and in 2006 she capped her previous feats by completing an epic 7000km, 63-day cycle ride across the United States from San Francisco to New York.
Not bad for a forty-something Mum of three, eh?
Not bad indeed, except that’s not all there is to the story. In 2000 Jane was diagnosed with terminal cancer that doctors said would leave her with just a few months to live.
Why, then, did she choose to put herself through this remarkable series of endurance tests that at times caused her enormous pain? I recall hearing her say that she wanted to show people the importance of really living their lives, every day, to the full.
In a fitting tribute to Jane, her local city council leader said: “Very occasionally we are touched by an exceptional person. Somebody who in any other circumstances would be totally overwhelmed by the challenges they face. Jane Tomlinson was that sort of person. Words like 'inspiration' and 'brave' don't actually do justice to her life."
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Till next time...
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