Guest blog: Jane’s Appeal – Run with Chrissie is back!

Following the highly successful inaugural Run with Chrissie last year the current Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington is heading to the capital to host the next in the run series.

Hosted in the stunning backdrop of Richmond Park, triathletes, runners and Chrissie fans alike are invited to join Chrissie, patron of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, on Sunday 26th February to take part in a 5K training run ahead of an hours training with Chrissie headed up by British Triathlon coaches.“Since becoming a Patron of the Appeal in 2011 and having been inspired myself by Jane I want to do everything I can to support the charity. The event we held in Leeds was fantastic. It was great to meet so many budding sports men and women who not only are interested in Triathlon and running but who continue to support the Appeal. To be able to host yet another event like this and share my passion with people, while raising funds is incredible” said Chrissie.

Having completed her first triathlon back in 2004, Chrissie is undefeated at the Ironman distance and is now four-time Ironman World Champion following her spectacular win at Kona in October last year. With a ‘Nothing is Impossible’ attitude Chrissie continues to inspire others to achieve their personal goals.
Following the 5k run and training session participants have the opportunity to pre-register to enjoy a buffet lunch at Roehampton University ahead of a Q&A session where Chrissie will share her passions and fears, inspiring others to take on a challenge and achieve the impossible.
Whether participants sign up for the whole day or simple the training session there is something for everyone.
Comments from previous participants…

“It was such an amazing day with Chrissie Wellington. Truely inspirational! I feel very honoured and privileged that I had the opportunity to meet Chrissie and the other participants in the day, as well of course being able to be involved in an event for such a great cause.”

“I’m not a Triathlete – just a charity runner but am feeling sufficiently inspired to go look at some bikes! Watch this space.”

“Personally I thought the day and night were near on perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed both. It is hard to put into words what yesterday meant to me and I am guessing everyone else there. Not only did it give us a chance to help generate a bit more money for your great charity, but we got chance to brush shoulders with a living legend. Hearing Chrissies story first hand you just can’t help but be inspired, she is truly an inspiration and such a great human being. Another plus was that I got to mix with other people who are interested in endurance sports, which was an added bonus.”

Chrissie has never shied away from a challenge and believing that anything can be possible given a bit of determination. “In 2005 I thought that completing an Ironman was impossible. I said ‘you must be crazy’ to do them. Now look at me.If someone puts a hurdle in your way don’t stop just work your way around, over or under it. Live your dream!’

With a limited number of only 100 places available, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal would urge those interested to sign up now to avoid missing out on the opportunity to train with a true British sporting legend. To find out more and to book a place visit

The 5k run and training sessionwill be hosted at Richmond Parkahead of the afternoon Q&A at Roehampton University

For more information or to book a place visit

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was set up by a very determined Yorkshire woman to help children’s and cancer charities across Yorkshire, the UK and the globe.

Before her death in 2007, Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85 million for children’s and cancer charities through a series of physical challenges including her Ride Across America. Jane knew her life was limited but wanted to create a vehicle which would allow others across the community the opportunity to raise money for good causes close to their own hearts and to share the excitement and fulfilment that she had experienced in participating in her own fundraising events.

Launched back in 2002,the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to date has raised over £3million for charity and over the years the Appeal has supported a range of charities both local and nationally, helping to fund refurbishment projects and purchase vital medical equipment.

The family have now set a new fundraising target of £5million and hope that during the 10th Anniversary of the Appeal in 2012 with public support the target will be reached.

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