Cham­pion af­ter cheat­ing death

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was re­moved it brought her out of a “dream-like” state and she felt she was “born again” as she de­cided to take up run­ning with her dog.

Her pas­sion for run­ning in­creased and Jan­nine claimed gold in the women’s 800m, 200m and 100m at an ex-vet­er­ans track event this month -- a year af­ter her op­er­a­tion.

Jan­nine said: “It was like I’d wo­ken up. I can’t de­scribe the feel­ing - it was just won­der­ful.

“When I fell, peo­ple said how lucky I was and I used to get sick of that be­cause I felt so un­lucky.

“But af­ter I had my tu­mor taken out I re­ally did feel lucky - it’s been as­ton­ish­ing.”

Jan­nine, a for­mer flight lieu­tenant in the RAF, was on a train­ing course in Jan­uary 2000 when she fell into the Sum­mit Gully of Stob Coire nam Beith in Glen­coe.

She ex­plained: “I don’t re­mem­ber the fall at all my cram­pon caught in my gaiters and I tripped and fell, and that was that. It just wasn’t my time to go ob­vi­ously.

“The res­cuers al­most fainted in shock be­cause I was mak­ing noises. They had re­cov­ered quite a few dead bod­ies from there.”

Jan­nine made the 2001 Guin­ness Book of World Records as the sur­vivor of the long­est fall with­out a para­chute.

But she has since faced a 17-year bat­tle to reach full re­cov­ery.

Jan­nine, who lives near York, said: “It was ini­tially a two-year re­cov­ery pe­riod. Af­ter that, I kept busy and lived my life. I got mar­ried, I had chil­dren.

“But slowly I stopped be­ing able to do things. I can only de­scribe it as feel­ing like you’re in a dream, but not know­ing that you’re asleep.

“I thought I just had a bro­ken back but the in­juries in­side my head were in­vis­i­ble.”

Jan­nine lived with the wors­en­ing symp­toms un­til 2016, when doc­tors found a brain tu­mour the size of an ap­ple and re­moved it in a 10-hour op­er­a­tion. Ques­tions have been raised over SNP West­min­ster leader Ian Black­ford’s de­ci­sion to pro­mote his step­son and give him a pay rise.

John O’Leary has been pro­moted to se­nior case worker for Mr Black­ford, mean­ing he can now be paid £7,500 more than his pre­vi­ous salary of £24,727.

Op­po­nents have queried whether the job was ad­ver­tised or if the pre­vi­ous case worker role has been filled by an­other worker, while high­light­ing a new ban on MPs em­ploy­ing fam­ily mem­bers un­less they al­ready work for them.

A Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive spokesman said: “The fact

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