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Jane Reedy's Big 5 Challenge
A Kendal teacher is planning a summer of outdoor challenges to mark the anniversary of her diagnosis, and remission, from cancer and raise money for CancerCare..
Next month, Jane Reedy will embark on her Big 5 Challenge which will see her run, cycle, swim, ride and walk hundreds of miles across the Lake District and north Lancashire in her quest to raise £5,000.
Jane was referred to the charity for support when she was diagnosed with oesophagal cancer in 2016 and again in 2017 when she discovered she had the BRAC1 gene, which increases a woman’s chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Consequently, she underwent a series of pre-emptive surgeries.
Jane has been a huge supporter of CancerCare ever since and has raised thousands of pounds on fundraising events including the London Marathon in 2017 and her unique Pedal to the Peaks bike ride which saw her cover 600 miles cycling between, and climbing, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 2019.
Jane, who is a teacher at Ghyllside School in Kendal, will launch her Big 5 Challenge on 23 March, a date which coincides with her initial cancer diagnosis and over the next five months she will take part in five endurance events:
- The Cumbria Traverse run from Broughton-in-Furness to Keswick
- The Frog Whitton Round – a 96 mile cycle ride with six miles of swimming
- Swimming the length of Coniston Water
- Cross Bay Walk from Arnside to Kent’s Bank
- Beach ride on horseback
Each of events has a personal significance for Jane, either in terms of where it is, or who she hopes to complete the challenge with.
Friends and family, including husband Matt and daughter Tess, will be joining Jane to offer support at various stages of the journey. She will also be posting regular progress updates on her dedicated Facebook page.
Jane said: “I wanted to do something a bit different to raise money and awareness of the important work CancerCare does providing support for people going through some really difficult times. I also hope that it might inspire people to get out and undertake their own challenge especially after such a difficult 12 months that we have all had.”
“It is also important to me on a personal level as even though it marks five years of being in remission, the BRAC1 gene could have implications for my family in the future so it is vital that scientific research continues and I will be donating 25% of the final total to Cancer Research UK.”
Jane has raised a total of more than £13,000 for CancerCare and in 2019 received two accolades, including Person of the Year at the inaugural South Cumbria Community Heroes Awards.