There just came this point in my life when I just thought... What now? You have the well-paid job. Your own house. Kids in the right schools. Do I make more money? Or do something where I can look back and say... I DID THAT... and be really, really proud of what you did.
— Jane Wilby-Palmer

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...

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It wasn’t all plain sailing. There was a certain amount of... drama... in my teenage years going into my 20’s. There were times when I didn’t have a place to stay. From being a swot at school... I then got married at 18, had a baby during my third attempt at College and was a single Mum at 22. Saying I struggled with depression isn’t really touching the surface ...it consumed me. It took away my light. I know that sounds crazy to some, and there are days even now when the cloud descends and I have to fight to keep the light going.
— Jane Wilby-Palmer
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There came a crisis point in my early-20’s when it was sink or swim. Life had become too much. My daughter and I moved cities for a fresh start.
And that’s when I started to swim.
— Jane Wilby-Palmer
I used to smoke those cheap Dorchester cigarettes that were £3.56 a pack! In 2007, I started swimming. You can’t breathe when you swim if you’re a smoker. I swam once a week, 20 lengths front crawl, and then progressed to a mile (64 lengths). Then I started swimming a mile 3 times a week when I could. And I desperately wanted to do something for good. So I challenged myself to swim 5k for charity (Marie Curie). But I ended up swimming 10k (400 lengths of a 25 metre pool).
— Jane Wilby-Palmer
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And then I thought, why not run?
— Jane Wilby-Palmer
Everyone remembers their first run. Mine was on a Summer’s evening. I went out with purpose, head held high, planning to run around the block. I got as far as the bottom of the street...
— Jane Wilby-Palmer

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.

Running was so transformative for me. Which is probably why I’m so passionate about it. Quitting the day job and starting the #MileShyClub was a bold move but I could see that people were reading my blog and getting inspired... and there’s only so much talking about running that you can do... sometimes you just have to go out and show people!
— Jane Wilby-Palmer

Jane qualified at the end of 2016 as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Running Coach.  Jane is also first aid qualified, fully insured, and CRB checked. At home in Sale, Jane lives with her fiance Andy, two children Faith (13), Kelci (11) and four jellyfish.