A ride to honor inspirational cycling and running charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson is underway, with the chance to ride alongside the heroine’s husband and daughter on offer.
Jane died in 2007 after a seven year battle with breast cancer, but during that time she raised almost £2million for cancer and medical charities, completing a string of cycling and running events. Perhaps the most incredible was her ride across America – almost 4,000 miles – though some would argue that being the only cancer patient to complete an Ironman triathlete event topped even that.
Mike Tomlinson and daughter Rebecca are currently heading through southern Scotland and intend to ride the first of the Ride-For-All days this coming Saturday, between Carlisle and Kirkby Stephen.
Mike, 47, and Rebecca, 20, began their 1,400 mile ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End on July 11th and are aiming to average 60 miles a day during their three week ride.
The route followed by the Challenge will be similar to that followed by Jane in 2003, when she tandem cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End, stopping twice for chemotherapy treatment during the ride.
During the five special Ride-For-All days, up to 100 members of the public will be able to take up charity places to join the challenge for a day. The cost is £20 per rider which will include food, and riders are asked to arrange their own sponsorship.
The full list of Ride-For-All days is:
- Saturday 19th July: Carlisle to Kirkby Stephen
- Monday 21st July: Settle to Leeds
- Tuesday 22nd July: Leeds to Retford
- Saturday 26th July: Henley to Marlborough
- Sunday 27th July: Marlborough to Wells
To register an interest in taking part e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your reason for wanting to ride. You will be advised as soon as possible if you have been successful.
Mike Tomlinson said: “We are doing the ride to remember Jane. I was with Jane for her three big rides and I always said that at some point I wanted to do the End to End challenge. It feels right that we should do it this Summer, to remember and pay tribute to Jane and hopefully to get over the £2 million mark for the charity. That is what we really want to do.”
Donations to Jane’s Appeal are very welcome, and can be made here.