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Sunday, 11 August, 2002, 19:48 GMT 20:48 UK
Terminal cancer patient completes triathlon
Jane Tomlinson
Jane plans to compete in another event in October
A woman with terminal cancer has taken part in a triathlon event just four months after running the London marathon.

Jane Tomlinson, from Leeds, completed the gruelling London Triathlon on Sunday in just under three-and-a half hours.

The 38-year-old mother of three who started running only in May last year, said the swim-cycle-run circuit around the Excel Arena in east London had left her tired but elated.


It was really hard work, but I enjoyed myself

Jane Tomlinson, triathlete
She beat half the women competitors in her age group and now has her sights set on the Great North Run in Newcastle in October.

She has spent the last two-and-a-half months training six days a week in preparation of the triathlon.

After completing the event, she said: "It was really hard work, but I enjoyed myself."

London Triathlon marketing manager Nick Rusling said Tomlinson's final placing at the middle of her field of 3,400 was "pretty impressive, amazing".

Tomlinson, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago and who now has cancer of the lungs and bones, wanted to compete to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

She hoped to raise more than 5,000 for the charity.

Speaking of her plans to run in October, she said: "My health is deteriorating and I'm due to start chemotherapy in September - so it depends on how well I am with that."

Tomlinson won the Overall Winner Award at the Women of Achievement Awards in Leeds in May in recognition of her courage in running the London Marathon.

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