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Jane ends fund-raising on a high

Jane Tomlinson reaches Staten Island, New York
The terminal cancer sufferer now wants to spend time with her family

Terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson said her epic bike ride across America was her final fund-raising challenge.

The mother of three rode into New York's Battery Park on Friday after cycling 4,200 miles in nine weeks, to be greeted by her husband and son.

Just two days earlier her supporters considered calling off the ride and admitting her to hospital when her condition deteriorated rapidly.

She told BBC Look North: "I have no desire to do anything else in future."

Her trip from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is thought to be the greatest endurance feat yet attempted by someone with terminal cancer.

"I thought it was going to be a bit of an adventure but it turned out to be a bit of an ordeal," she said.

I have no desire to do anything else in future
Jane Tomlinson

On finishing the ride the 42-year-old said: "I'm just relieved it's over.

"It was very difficult. But it's just good to be here."

Mrs Tomlinson said she now wanted to spend some time with her family.

Dog attacks

She said: "We've done the job we set out to do and now I just hope we raise the funds we wanted."

During her cycle ride, Mrs Tomlinson faced strong winds, temperatures of more than 100F (38C) and attacks by dogs.

I'm very, very astonished that she's here
Mike Tomlinson

Her husband Mike said the trip had "lurched from one crisis to another" and it had been distressing to see his wife in so much pain.

He said he had asked her to abandon the ride at least seven or eight times.

"She ignored me like a good wife should and she's been proved right," he said.

"I'm very, very astonished that she's here."

Jane crosses the line
A kiss from her husband and a photo from her son as Jane finishes

Mr Tomlinson said the group had not even been sure his wife would be well enough to begin the journey.

Son 'proud'

He said: "I knew the minute she started that it would take a huge injury to stop her doing this.

"It wasn't going to come from her feeling sick from the cancer."

Mrs Tomlinson, of Rothwell, was joined in her challenge by co-riders Ryan Bowd, a Leeds Metropolitan University lecturer, and Martyn Hollingworth, 40, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

The couple's son Steven, nine, said he was "really proud" of his mother's achievement.

"We can just get on as a family and enjoy what time she has left", he said.

Jane has already raised well in excess of 1m for cancer charities and hopes to raise even more from her US ride.

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