On 20th July, team Switalskis will again take to the streets of Leeds in the Jane Tomlinson Run For All 10K Corporate Challenge. This is the team’s fifth year taking part in this amazing event, and as usual, we’ll be raising money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Launched by Jane Tomlinson in 2007, the Leeds 10k was set up as a charity run that would be accessible to all. It has grown year on year to become one of the most popular charity events in the North.
Our team will be running the 10k in aid of Jane’s Appeal, set up by Jane and Mike Tomlinson in 2002 shortly after Jane was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The appeal provides support to a wide range of children’s and cancer charities, particularly those based around Leeds and in the Yorkshire region.
In the years following her terminal cancer diagnosis, despite being given a prognosis of only six months, Jane Tomlinson completed a number of intensely challenging charity sporting events. She is the only terminal cancer patient to have completed the Iron Man Triathlon, a gruelling event consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon run (26.6 miles) without taking a break and completed within a strict 17 hour time-limit.
Through her tremendous effort and determination Jane managed to raise over £1.85 million before she passed away in September 2007, but perhaps her greatest achievement was the legacy of fantastic charity events that she left behind.
Jane’s Appeal has since brought in over £4 million through fundraising events held across the North of England. 1000s of people each year have been inspired by Jane’s story to take part in one of her ‘For All Events’.
Her amazing will and resolve to live life to the full in spite of suffering from terminal cancer has encouraged many people to submit themselves to weeks (or at least a day or two!) of aches, pains and exhaustion. And whether your aim is to train for a personal best or focus on collecting donations for a great cause, the amount of good that has come from these events is immeasurable.
Please support Team Switalskis in this year’s Leeds 10K – you can donate at our justgiving page.