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Five-year-old Harmonie-Rose Allen, who lost her limbs to meningitis, crossing the finishing line in the Bath Half Marathon with the help of her teacher Antony Wainer and her auntie Hannah Hall. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Five-year-old Harmonie-Rose Allen, who lost her limbs to meningitis, crossing the finishing line in the Bath Half Marathon with the help of her teacher Antony Wainer and her auntie Hannah Hall. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Five-year-old Harmonie-Rose Allen, who lost her limbs to meningitis, crossing the finishing line in the Bath Half Marathon with the help of her teacher Antony Wainer and her auntie Hannah Hall. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A five-year-old girl who lost all her limbs to meningitis has taken part in a half marathon.

Harmonie-Rose Allen walked across the finish line of the Bath Half Marathon to a huge round of applause from spectators.

The little girl, from Bath, had tackled the 13.1-mile course with a seven-person support team, including two of her teachers and family, who took it in turns to push her special running chair.

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However, she was determined to cross the finish line all on her own and was cheered on by the thousands of spectators who had lined the route around Bath city centre as she completed the course in just over three hours.

Harmonie-Rose contracted meningitis and septicaemia in 2014, which resulted in her limbs and part of her nose being amputated.

The schoolgirl, who uses prosthetic legs, was taking part in the half marathon to raise funds for charity.

Around 15,000 people took part in the run.

Running with Harmonie- Rose was her aunt, Hannah Hall, who was joined by friends from a local running group, teacher Antony Wainer and teaching assistant Claire Imrie.

Cheering on Harmonie- Rose were her parents, Ross Allen and Freya Hall, who gave her a big hug as she crossed the line.

Harmonie-Rose said: "I was freezing and I was tired."

Ms Hall said: "We stopped a few times and Harmonie got a bit bored but she soldiered on, she was a star.

"At the end she said she wanted to walk, so she went for it. I feel so proud of her."


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