Working from the age of 16, Jane initially set out in life training to be a lawyer. Achieving a 2:1 law degree whilst holding down a full-time job, she worked as a Legal PA and Legal Assistant for a number of years within well-known companies such as Thomas Cook and Pets at Home. During this time, Jane also went back to University and studied a Creative Writing degree course (achieving a 1st), publishing her first novel in 2015, and shortly after she was a finalist in the Manchester PA of the Year Awards. Her corporate career saw her sailing the Caribbean with property developer entrepreneurs and promotion as a Business Manager within international law firm Eversheds Sutherland. But it wasn't enough...
Jane's first run did not go as planned, but then life up until then hadn't either. Bit by bit, mile by mile, Jane started to find that no matter the problem, a run often helped make things seem that much better. She did eventually make it round the block, completing her first mile.
Returning to the place where she grew up, she completed her first ever race, the Leeds half marathon in 2010 in a respectable time of 2 hours 12 minutes. After that, Jane started blogging about her fitness journey, gaining over 3,500 Twitter followers. She also had a brief moment of fame when her blog was featured on Bryan Adam's website! You can find the blog here.
Not really a fan of racing, Jane's next race was the Great North West half marathon in 2015, which she completed in 1 hour 50 minutes (came top 50 female). In the same year, she also completed her first marathon in Manchester in 4 hours 36 minutes. Swearing to never do a marathon again, she somehow ended up on the start line of the Yorkshire marathon on her birthday in 2016, to help out a friend who was completing her first marathon.
Occasionally, Jane visits ParkRun (5k), with a PB of 24 minutes, 23 seconds. As well as running, Jane swims with Trafford Masters, and is a keen open water swimmer in the Summer months. Future plans see Jane take on the Manchester marathon again (for fun, she insists), a couple of duathlons and quite possibly another long distance swim... or IronMan... she is still deciding.
Jane qualified at the end of 2016 as a Level 2 Aerobics Instructor and Running Coach. In the Summer of 2018 Jane qualified as a Guide Runner, and early in 2019, she completed her Level 2 Running Coaching qualification (CiRF) as well as qualifying as a Level 3 Personal Trainer. Jane is also first aid qualified (physically and mentally), fully insured, and CRB checked. At home in Sale, Jane lives with her husband Andy, and two children Faith (15) and Kelci (13).