'˜Bionic' woman first to cross Great North Run finish line
She walked three miles a day, step by laborious step, with the help of her husband Dan and cheered on at the finish line by five-year-old daughter Maisie.
She was cheered for the last mile of the course on Sunday morning, crossing the finish line before the elite male runners, including double Olympic champion Mo Farah, had started.
Claire said: “There were times I was not sure I would make it here.”
She battled the heat, the hilly course and sores caused by straps from her suit rubbing, which needed a trip to A&E for a dressing.
She added: “I had quite a lot of morning sickness. I didn’t have the lead up I wanted, but I really did not want to lose this opportunity.”
She was delighted with being first across the line, saying: “I never win anything.
“It’s incredible, now I can watch everyone else and see if Mo Farah can win it.”
Since her accident nine years ago, Ms Lomas has raised more than £500,000 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
She visited schools along the route to speak to children about her fight to overcome the injuries she suffered nine years ago.