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Ellie Simmonds: I don't want this summer to end...

Ahead of today's Great North Run, the annual half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields, ITV News caught up with ParalympicsGB medallist Ellie Simmonds from Walsall.

Ellie, who won two golds, a silver and a bronze in London, was invited to cheer on those taking part in today's event. She says it has been a great summer.


Ellie Simmonds tweets she is home after "the best weeks of my life"

Ellie Simmonds the 17-year-old, four-time Paralympic medallist from Walsall Credit: PA

Four-time ParalympicGB medallist Ellie Simmonds has written a message on social networking site saying "Finally home after an amazing Games, sad it is all over but it has been the best few weeks of my life!"

Ellie Simmonds, the 17-year-old from Walsall won silver in the S6 100m freestyle final, gold in the SM6 200m medley and the S6 400m freestyle as well as bronze in the S6 50m freestyle.

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Pupils from Ellie Simmonds' primary school send their wishes

After Ellie Simmonds' achievements at the Paralympics this week, pupils from her old primary school in Aldridge wanted to send their congratulations.

Central Tonight filmed pupils from Cooper and Jordan showing off their handmade banners.

There were also a special message from Ellie's old teacher, Mrs Cowley.


'If Ellie can smell our feet we're in trouble'

Ellie beat her own world record today to win gold. Credit: PA

Ellie Simmonds' family say they were more relaxed about today's race which saw Ellie win gold after a 'nail-biting night in the Aquatic Centre at the weekend.

Despite a dramatic last length that saw the 17-year-old swimmer take the lead to beat the world record she set in her heat earlier today, the Simmonds family remained cool and collected, something that surprised crowds sitting near them.

Saturday's race saw Ellie beat Victoria Arlen by a 5 second margin and snatch the world record from her rival.

Her sister Katie aged 24, said: "This was a lot more relaxing than the other one, after this morning, we thought Okay, we can relax. All the other swimmers are scared that if Ellie can smell their feet, they're in trouble."

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