SOUTH Tyneside ‘miracle man’ Andrew Garthwaite is gearing up for this year’s Great North Run.
The 26-year-old, from South Shields, became Britain’s first ‘bionic’ Army veteran when he was fitted with a robotic arm.
The trooper lost his right arm after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during a battle with Taliban extremists in Afghanistan, in September 2010.
Last year, he travelled across Europe to undergo treatment to have the robotic limb wired to his nervous system.
Next Sunday, Andrew will run the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to his hometown of South Shields, to raise funds for armed forces charity Help For Heroes.
He said: “Each year I give myself goals, and competing in the Great North Run is one of them.”
To donate, go to www.bmycharity.com/1044