Michaela achieves life dream of conquering marathon

25-year-old Michaela Hollywood, who has spinal muscular atrophy, completes her one-of-a-kind marathon.    Picture: Michael Cooper
25-year-old Michaela Hollywood, who has spinal muscular atrophy, completes her one-of-a-kind marathon. Picture: Michael Cooper

She may only have power in one hand, but 25-year-old Michaela Hollywood achieved “a life dream” on Sunday when she completed a 26-mile marathon circuit around Belfast by wheelchair.

But the Crossgar woman, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), said she “wasn’t sure” she would undertake “anything so drastic again”.

“My hand feels as if it weighs about 10 tonnes and I cannot wait to get it rested up,” she said at the finishing line.

“It has been so ‘out there’ and the support has been great and it was worth every minute.”

She said she completed the challenge “for everyone with a disability and also for people with SMA who run a metaphorical marathon every day, only today I did a real one”.

Crowds cheered her on along the circular route, which began and concluded at Stormont. She received support from Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes.