Paralysed father walking London Marathon in exoskeleton suit embarks on final day of challenge

PUBLISHED: 07:55 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 23 April 2018

Simon Kindleysides with 16 miles to go on the London Marathon 2018 route. Picture: @simonsmarathon

Simon Kindleysides with 16 miles to go on the London Marathon 2018 route. Picture: @simonsmarathon


A paralysed father-of-three attempting to secure a world record by completing the London Marathon in an exoskeleton suit has started his final day of the challenge.

Simon Kindleysides, 33, from Blofield, embarked on the second day of the 26.2-mile course this morning at the 13.1-mile mark.

Mr Kindleysides, who is paralysed from the waist down, started the gruelling route yesterday morning, alongside thousands of other runners raising money for good causes.

He walked for 10 hours yesterday in 23C heat while wearing his specially-made exoskeleton suit.

Mr Kindleysides was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder and a glioma brain tumour in 2013, leaving him unable to walk.

By 6pm yesterday he was on his seventh mile but was half an hour ahead of his expected time, and said the support had been “incredible”.

He added: “I am pressing on and not really thinking about how far I have got to go,” he said. “I am walking right through until midnight and then do the whole thing again from 3am.

“People have been wonderful - bringing over donations and saying I am an inspiration.

“I can’t put into words what it will mean to finish without crying. It has always been a dream of mine to do a marathon when I was able bodied, and after I never thought it would be possible other than in a wheelchair.

“It would never occur to me I could walk a marathon while paralysed. It just shows anything is possible.”

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