‘I just kept marching’: Claire Lomas walks through the night to complete tough challenge

  • Claire Lomas has raised more than £10,000 after battling through high winds and rain to walk 10 miles in 24 hours in a robotic suit.

    The inspirational fundraiser, who was paralysed from the chest down in a cross-country fall 10 years ago, took on the Great South Run route to raise money for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF).

    Her start was delayed by a day due to Storm Brian hitting Portsmouth, resulting in the cancellation of all the Great South Run’s Saturday events.

    Great South Run

    Credit: Simplyhealth Great South Run

    The longest distance Claire had previously walked in one day was six miles.

    She set off with 20,000 other participants on Sunday (22 October) and walked through the night to finish at around 10am this morning (23 October).

    “I did it!” said Claire.

    “I had amazing support, all through the night people popped down with cups of tea.

    “It was tough — I tried not to think of the distance and I got there in the end. It went quicker than I thought, I just kept marching forwards.”

    She added the atmosphere at the start was “unbelievable”, thanking all those who cheered her on and those who came down especially to see her finish.

    Credit: Simplyhealth Great South Run

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    The total on Claire’s JustGiving page has topped £4,600, with offline donations taking this to around £10,000.

    Online donors have also been entered into a raffle, with prizes including tickets to Badminton, Olympia and Cheltenham. This will be drawn on Wednesday (25 October).

    Credit: Simplyhealth Great South Run

    Claire has raised more than £575,000 to help cure paralysis through a number of mammoth challenges and inspirational talks.

    She was awarded her motorcycle race licence in July and her most recent challenge before this weekend was walking the 2016 Great North Run, which she completed in the bionic suit while pregnant with her second child.

    Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clairelomasgsr to support Claire

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