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'Bionic woman' describes tough Great North Run

Claire Lomas reaches the finishing line of the Great North Run. Credit: ITV News

A woman who completed the Great North Run using a revolutionary bionic suit has been describing her 'huge relief' at reaching the finishing line.

Claire Lomas, who is paralysed from the chest down, completed the course over five days.

At the end, Claire revealed she is expecting her second child.

Today she told ITV Tyne Tees news how the support of onlookers was vital in the final stages of her walk.


Mo Farah explains his Alan Shearer tribute

Mo Farah approached the finishing line of the Great North Run with one arm in the air and explained later that it was a tribute to the former Newcastle United footballer, Alan Shearer.

Shearer, one of the greats of North East football, used to make the same gesture when he scored a goal.

Hear his news conference below:

Mo giving a Shearer tribute Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Watch: Mo Farah crossing the line to win elite race

Mo Farah has won a record third Great North Run in a row, in his first event since winning two gold medals in the Rio Olympics.

He pulled away from American Dathan Ritzenhein in the last mile.

Watch him cross the line:

Scotland's Mark Telford won the men's wheelchair race.


Claire Lomas 'very emotional' as she finishes race

Claire Lomas, known as the 'Bionic Woman, has been describing the moment she crossed the finishing line of the Great North Run after five days.

She was paralysed from the chest down in a riding accident in 2007 and is able to walk using a so-called bionic suit.

She began her journey on Wednesday, travelling three miles a day.

Watch her cross the line and see her reaction:

'Bionic Woman' first to finish Great North Run

A woman, paralysed from the chest down after a riding accident, has become the first person to finish this year's Great North Run.

Claire Lomas, from Leicestershire, began her journey on Wednesday, using a revolutionary bionic suit to allow her to walk. She travelled three miles a day and crossed the finishing line at around 10 o'clock this morning, just before the other competitors were due to set off.

She was paralysed in 2007, but five years later became the first person to complete a marathon when she took 17 days to complete the London Marathon.

After finishing the Great North Run she revealed that she is expecting another child and is 16 weeks pregnant.

Claire Lomas crossing the finishing line Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Claire Lomas and family Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It's Great North Run Day!

Great North Run 2015 Credit: teve Drew/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is the world's biggest half-marathon - and it is happening today.

There is expected to be 57,000 runner from all over the world taking part, including four-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah in the men's elite race.

The vast majority of runners will be raising money for charities.

With fine weather forecast for much o the day, large crowds will once again line the route.

To every runner - the very best of luck!

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