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Last Updated: Monday, 13 October, 2003, 05:11 GMT 06:11 UK
Marathon mum 'an inspiration'
Jane Tomlinson receives her MBE from the Queen
Jane Tomlinson was presented with an MBE be the Queen
Terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson has topped a poll of the UK's most inspirational women.

The 39-year-old, from Rothwell, Leeds, has raised almost 400,000 for charity through a series of gruelling physical tests including marathons and triathlons.

Three years ago the mother-of-three was told she only had a few months to live - but has defied the diagnosis with her challenges.

Mrs Tomlinson's bravery earned her the top honour in She magazine's "She's An Inspiration" awards.

Editor Eve Cameron, said: "I think Jane's story of her tremendously brave fight against cancer has inspired a lot of women.

"Most people know someone - a mother, sister, friend - who has, or has fought, breast cancer and we would all like to think we could be as brave as Jane.

"Her courage gives us all hope."

Buckingham Palace

The latest accolade is one of a long line of awards that Mrs Tomlinson has received for her charity work.

She was presented with the MBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 9 October and has also won the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Mrs Tomlinson was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago but despite a mastectomy the cancer later spread to her lungs.

She has recently resumed chemotherapy after completing a number of endurance challenges in the past two years, including two marathons, two triathlons, the UK Ironman triathlon and a bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.

More than 4,000 people voted in the awards.




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