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Paralysed fundraiser happy about completing 24-hour walk

A woman paralysed from the chest down has finished the Great South Run 24 hours after setting off.

A large crowd of well-wishers were on Southsea seafront to cheer Claire Lomas MBE across the finishing line this morning. Claire was paralysed in a riding accident ten years ago and uses a special suit to help her walk. She said the support has been fantastic.

Watch: paralysed fundraiser's triumphant start and finish to ten mile Great South Run

Paralysed fundraiser Claire Lomas MBE has completed her toughest challenge to date at the Simplyhealth Great South Run, by walking the 10 miles over a period of 24 hours in a bionic suit.

Claire started her #10in24 challenge on Sunday along with 20,000 other runners and continued throughout the day and night with no sleep.

A full day after setting off, Claire crossed the finish line on Clarence Esplanade, cheered on by hundreds of supporters.

She has already raised over £500,000 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and hopes that tens thousands further can be added to the total through her challenge.

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Paralysed fundraiser completes ten mile Great South walk

Credit: Simplyhealth Great South Run

Paralysed fundraiser Claire Lomas MBE has completed her toughest challenge to date at the Simplyhealth Great South Run, by walking the 10 miles over 24 hours in a bionic suit.

Claire, who was left paralysed from the chest down 10 years ago, crossed the finish line in Portsmouth this morning.

She was aided by the revolutionary Rewalk Suit, that allows her to walk by tilting her pelvis.

Claire started her #10in24 challenge on Sunday along with 20,000 other runners and continued throughout the day and night with no sleep.

A full day after setting off, Claire crossed the finish line on Clarence Esplanade, cheered on by hundreds of supporters.

Claire has already raised over £500,000 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and hopes that tens thousands further can be added to the total through her challenge.

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REPORT: Thousands pound the streets of Southsea- can you spot yourself?

Here's our report on today's Great South Run. Well done everyone who took part and supported the event:

Richard Slee spoke to Claire Lomas MBE, fundraiser Fran Chandler and mens race champion Chris Thompson.

Winners cross the finish line

Heading off: The 28th Great South Run gets underway:

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The top runners have crossed the finish line in impressive fashion:

Credit: @Great_Run

More than 20,000 runners are taking part. We'll have a full report on Meridian Tonight at 5.30.

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