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Paralysed woman denied marathon medal

Claire Lomas is close to completing the London marathon Credit: ITN

A paralysed woman who is walking the London marathon for charity is due to finish today.

Claire had a bad accident while competing at a horse trial in 2007 that left her paralysed from the chest down. She collided with a tree which resulted in fractures to her back, neck and ribs.

Claire will become the first person to complete any marathon using a bionic ReWalk suit.

However, new rules mean that Claire Lomas will not get a medal as the course must be completed in less than 24 hours.

A number of celebrities have also lent their support by walking a mile alongside her, including TV presenter Gabby Logan and husband, former international rugby star Kenny, and TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle.

Funeral of dead marathon runner

Claire Squires died during the London marathon Credit:

The funeral will take place today of a runner who died during the London marathon.

Thirty year old Claire Squires collapsed at Birdcage Walk, on the final stretch of the 26.2 mile course.

After her death, donations to the Samaritans - the charity she was raising money for - topped more than one million pounds.

Her funeral will take place in Leicestershire, where she was from.


Family of marathon runner urges donations to continue

Claire Squires collapsed and died on Birdcage Walk on Sunday. Credit:

The family of Claire Squires, who died during the London Marathon on Sunday, has urged people to keep donating to her internet sponsorship page. Since the 30 year-old collapsed near the end of the marathon, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been donated to her chosen charity, the Samaritans.

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