Paralysed woman finishes marathon

A paralysed woman crossed the finish line of the London Marathon yesterday 16 days after the race began

Claire Lomas hasn’t let paralysis stop her completing the 26.2-mile London Marathon as she finished 16 days after she began the challenge.

As the 32 year-old crossed the finish line yesterday she was the first woman to complete any marathon using a bionic ReWalk suit, walking two miles a day since 22 April.

Ms Lomas, from Eye Kettleby, Leicestershire, was left paraylsed from the waist down following a horse riding accident in 2007, in which she broke her neck, back and ribs and punctured a lung.

So far she has raised £80,000 for Spinal Research, cheered on by her husband Dan, mother Joyce and 13-month-old daughter Maisie.

Despite her efforts, Ms Lomas did not receive a medal when she crossed the line as organisers confirmed the race had to be completed in 24 hours to qualify.

To sponsor Ms Lomas visit www.justgiving.com/Claire-Lomas

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