How a bionic suit will help a paralysed horse rider complete the Great North Run

Claire Lomas, 36
Claire Lomas, 36

A former horse rider who was paralysed following a devastating accident is to take on the Great North Run.

Claire Lomas, 36, will take five days to complete the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields using her "bionic suit".

The mother-of-one, from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire - who walked the London Marathon in 17 days in 2012 - said tackling the iconic race was something she "always fancied" doing.

She said: "I was thrilled when the organisers invited me to take part having heard I had been turned away from other events.

"My accident was an eventing accident. Horses take up your life. I'd just got to the highest level in the sport about eight months before and it was such a big loss for me.

"But as much as I loved it, it stopped me doing other things so since then, life has opened new doors for me. I've done the London Marathon four years ago but I always wanted to do the Great North Run because it looks amazing, with a brilliant atmosphere."

Ms Lomas will start on Wednesday, September 7, walking three miles a day and visiting schools on Tyneside along the route. She is expecting to finish at South Shields on Sunday, September 11 before the arrival of the elite athletes.