Inspiring Leicestershire women Claire Lomas and Claire Squires are up for award
Two courageous women who captured the hearts of the nation are up for awards.
Claire Lomas and Claire Squires have been nominated for the Inspiration Awards for Women.
Claire Squires, a 30-year-old hairdresser from Great Bowden, near Market Harborough, collapsed and died a mile from the finish line at the London Marathon in April.
Within days, more than 80,000 people, shocked by the news of the tragedy, had pledged more than £1 million on Claire's Just Giving page – set up to raise cash for the Samaritans.
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She is the only person to be named twice in the awards, nominated in the "most inspirational" and "inspirational fund-raiser" categories.
Her sister Nicola Birrell, 32, of South Kilworth, said her family were "extremely proud" of Claire.
She said: "We are going to be going along to the awards.
"Of course we remember her every day, but you expect other people to get on with their lives, so it is amazing and unbelievable that she is up for the award now. It's amazing.
"We are so proud of her."
Members of the public were asked to nominate women who had inspired them. Six people were shortlisted in each of the eight categories.
The awards will be presented in London on October 3.
Claire Lomas, 32, of Eye Kettleby, near Melton, was paralysed from the chest down in a horse-riding accident five years ago.
Wearing a robotic suit, she walked the London Marathon route over 17 days in April, raising more than £200,000 for the charity Spinal Research.
She is nominated in the inspirational fund-raiser category.
She said: "I am really excited as it sounds glamorous and I am going with my girl friends," said Claire.
"I was really pleased to be nominated. If I win, it will give me a really good chance to promote my cycle challenge."