Simon Kindleysides becomes the first paralysed man to finish the London Marathon on foot, after 36 hours and 37 minutes

Simon Kindleysides has become the first paralysed man to finish the London Marathon on foot, completing the race at 10.46pm on Monday 23rd April. The 34-year-old from Norfolk was diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder and a glioma brain tumour in 2013, leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

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Kindleysides refused to let this stop him and set out to walk the 26.2 miles using his ReWalk exoskeleton suit at 10am on Sunday morning, with the 40,000 other runners.

Unfortunately, as Kindleysides didn’t finish the race by Sunday evening, he will not get a London Marathon medal, however other runners have given up their medals to celebrate his achievement.

He has, however, become the first finisher of the 2018 London Marathon to win a Spirit of London award from the organisers, and joins a list of winners that include former boxer Michael Watson, the biggest individual fundraiser Rev Steve Chalke and Fajau Singh, the oldest person to finish the event.

Kindleysides said: “I cannot believe that of all the thousands of people who have run the London Marathon I have been chosen for a Spirit of London award. It actually makes me feel quite emotional and when I look at the list of other winners is mind-blowing.”

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He said he felt “on top of the world” after crossing the Finish Line, where he was escorted by a team of police officers who had come along to show their support. “I didn’t think I was going to get there at mile 24. I was in so much pain but I kept telling myself ‘you’ve got this far, you’ve got to finish it’. I was thinking about all the support I had received and all the money that had been donated and that kept me going.”

He later tweeted “Omg I’ve done it” celebrating his success:  

Whilst most runners battled the hottest London Marathon on record alongside Kindleysides, few were still walking in the cold early hours of the morning, which were equally as tough. “That was the toughest part” said Kindleysides, “there was quite a bit of walking where it was just foxes keeping us company. But the support has been overwhelming. All along the route, I had people wishing me luck and drivers tooting their horns. It has been incredible.”

At the finish line waiting for him were his three children and Kindleysides’ partner Jenna, who had walked six miles alongside him.

Kindleysides was raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity and at the time of writing has raised over £18,000 for the charity on his Just Giving page. 

Congratulations Simon!