June 2018 Marathon Man
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Simon Kindleysides was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder and a glioma brain tumour in 2013, leaving him paralysed from the waist down.
But the 33-year-old from Norwich, England, was determined not let his paralysis hold him back. On Sunday 22 April, he set off with thousands of others on one of the toughest races in the world, the London Marathon.
By the time winner Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line in little over two hours, Simon was still facing 24 miles on the road. At 11pm the following evening, Simon became the first paralysed man to complete the route and also the fastest man in the world to complete a full marathon in the revolutionary ReWalk exoskeletonsuit. Simon's marathon effort both raised awareness of brain tumours and inspiring others with his incredible resilience and determination. “There was no way I was ever going to give up,” Simon said. “It was so tough but I smashed it. Anything is possible.”