Paralysed woman reaches halfway point in bid to complete Great North Run

Claire Lomas with supporters as she reaches Hebburn.
Claire Lomas with supporters as she reaches Hebburn.
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‘Bionic Woman’ Claire Lomas has reached the halfway point in her bid to complete the Great North Run over five days.

The 36-year-old, who is paralysed from the chest down after a riding accident in 2007, is wearing a ‘bionic’ suit to stimulate movement.

Claire Lomas with supporters including Olympic champion athlete Mo Farah during her Great North Run attempt.

Claire Lomas with supporters including Olympic champion athlete Mo Farah during her Great North Run attempt.

She has now reached the halfway point of the 13.1-mile route in Hebburn.

Claire said: “It has been incredibly tough so far. The weather, the hills and the effort required having taken a huge toll on me and I have shed lots of tears.

“But the support of my husband Dan, my team of helpers, the Great North Run organisers and the general public has been overwhelming

“I honestly don’t know if I can keep going to the end, I will just take it step by step.”

“It has been incredibly tough so far. The weather, the hills and the effort required having taken a huge toll on me and I have shed lots of tears.”

Claire Lomas

Brendan Foster, chairman of the Great North Run, said: “The Great North Run is about so many brave people, but what Claire is doing is truly exceptional.”

If successful, Claire plans to cross the finish line in South Shields at approximately 10am on Sunday morning.

To donate to Claire’s charity, visit justgiving.com/clairelomasGNR, or text LEGS60 £5 to 70070.

Visit www.claireschallenge.co.uk for more information.

The Great North Run will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday, 11 September, between 9.30am and 1.30pm, with a highlights show on BBC Two at 6pm.