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Blair's praise for cyclist Jane
Jane Tomlinson on her Ride Across America
Jane has raised over 1.25m for charity since her diagnosis in 2000
Cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson has been praised by Tony Blair as she enters the final week of her 4,200-mile cycle ride across America on Monday.

The hand-written letter was delivered to her in Washington during the latest stage of her journey.

It read: "Well done on all your fundraising efforts. It's a fantastic achievement. Good luck, Tony Blair."

Mrs Tomlinson, 42, from Leeds, hopes to finish the ride from San Francisco to New York on Friday.

The mother-of-three and her co-riders Ryan Bowd, 27, and Martyn Hollingworth, 40, were joined by about a dozen members of staff from the British Embassy in Washington for Monday's leg of the ride.

"It's been good that they could join me and give me a bit of company," she said.

"The overwhelming feeling is one of relief. It's relief that the end is in sight - I'll be home with the rest of my family next week."

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