Champion after cheating death
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