Bionic Woman’ Claire Lomas Reaches Halfway Point
So far, Claire’s journey has consisted of….
• 15 hours of walking in ReWalk suit to reach 6.55 miles
• Enduring temperatures of 25 degrees on day one and heavy rain on day two
• Enthusiastic support from North East public
• Describes it as “one of hardest things I have ever done”
Claire Lomas, who is attempting to complete the Great North Run over 5 days, has reached the halfway point on the half marathon route.
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 says, “It has been incredibly tough so far. The weather, the hills and the effort required have 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.”
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.