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Herts and Essex High School alumna who underwent major back operation completes London Marathon




London Marathon entrant Claire Nicholson, from Bishop's Stortford, proved that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

The former Herts and Essex High School girl crossed the finish line in London in 7hr 12min 49sec.

She said: “I know that’s slow, but considering six years ago I had a back operation to straighten my spine and have all of it fused, I’m pretty proud of that!”

Claire Nicholson at the London marathon (9587126)
Claire Nicholson at the London marathon (9587126)

Claire, 20, who lives in Stortford Hall Park, is a student at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, where she studies animal science.

“I had a back operation to correct a 65-degree curve in my spine – in an S shape – for scoliosis, which means that I now have two rods and a load of screws in my spine,” she said. “I had the operation in September 2011, and by definition it’s worked.”

Claire ran the marathon to raise money for Make a Wish, which provides memorable experiences for children with life-limiting conditions, and the Youth Sports Trust, which works to encourage every child to enjoy the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport.

Claire Nicholson at the London marathon (9587120)
Claire Nicholson at the London marathon (9587120)

“I was completely the opposite of sporty at school,” said Claire. “With basically no natural physical talent, it’s all determination and Jelly Babies!”

So far, Claire has raised £1,165.25. Visit her JustGiving page.



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