INSPIRATIONAL disabled teenager Natasha Lambert has officially started this morning’s Great South Run 5k.
The courageous 19-year-old has cerebral palsy and was the first to set off for this year’s spectacle.
Accompanied by proud mum, Amanda and friend Tracey Clarke, Natasha aims to complete her race in a couple of hours.
Walking wth the help of a mobile strider, the Isle of Wight teen was cheered by spectactors as she took her first tentative steps on to the course.
Glowing mum Amanda was inspired by her daughter’s efforts.
She said: ‘The start was absolutely incredible. Tash has been nervous about today as it’s her first race. So there a lot of pressure to perform.
‘But if she is going to do something she will make sure she will succeed. She is so determined.’
Natasha hopes to raise £5,000 for disability charity Miss Isle School of Cip-Puff Sailing.
She also aims to raise awareness of her condition in hope that more can be done to develop new walkers for other disabled people.
Tracey is a trustee of the charity and said: ‘She is uber determined – she has the most determination of anyone that I know.’
The 5k is has kicked-off with hundreds of runners taking part. The News will be bringing you stories throughout this weekend.