In April 2012, Claire Lomas ran the Virgin London Marathon in 17 days. She raised ┬ú210,000 for Spinal Research. She made the record books for being the first paraplegic to complete a marathon on her own two legs. She used a pioneering ÔÇśReWalkÔÇÖ suit, giving her the nickname the bionic woman. She won the prestigious Virgin Trophy in recognition for pushing the boundaries of normal human limitations.

In April 2013 after a year of training, she is embarking on her second challenge. Claire is cycling 400 miles from Nottingham to London visiting schools and communities along her route to inspire children and help people recognize that what ever happens in life good can always come from it.

Claire has dedicated her cycle to Catherine Kouam, a friend who passed away in August 2012 due to complications arrising from a similar injury to Claire's.

Following a riding accident at the 2007 Osberton Horse Trials, Nottinghamshire, Claire lost the use of her body from the chest down. Faced with adveristy, Claire no doubt had her dark moments but her determination shone through and 5 years after her accident Claire, with the aide of a bionic 'ReWalk' suit, completed the 26.2 mile Londoan marathon course, raising not only money but awareness of spinal injuries and equally as imporant, inspiring people all over the world.

"With my injury I feel quite fortunate, I can still use my arms", this optimism has kept her moving, this time on a hand bike. Claire leaves Nottingham Trent University on Monday 22nd April and takes the following route:

22 April - Nottingham - Loughborough

23 April - Barrow upon Soar - Leicester

24 April - Leicester - Oakham

25 April - Stamford - Peterborough

26 April - Peterborough

27 April - Peterborough - Ramsey

28 April - Huntingdon - Cambridge

29 April - Letchworth - Shefford - Biggleswade

30 April - Hitchin - Haprenden - Hertford

1 May - Tring - King's Langley - Chorleywood

2 May - Aylesbury - Leyton Buzzard - Oxford

3 May - Didcot - Wantage - Kempsford

4 May - Wanborough - Marlborough

5 May - Salisbury Racecourse

6 May - Amesbury - Wilton - Codford

7 May - Basingstoke - Farnham

8 May - Hook - Camberley - Woking

9 May - Bracknell - Taplow - Beaconsfield

10 May - Windsor - Ascot - Staines upon Thames

11 May - Hampton - Weybridge - Bookham

12 May - Kingston upon Thames - Richamond - Putney

13 May - Kensington & Chelsea - Westminster

For more information on Claire Lomas, what she has been through and what she is doing about it, visit her website; To donate, see the fundraising section immediately below.


Spinal Research

Spinal Research is the UKÔÇÖs leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck.

The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation

There are over 2.5 million people worldwide living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. Around 130,000 people every year join them. David was determined to do everything he could to see his son, and others living with spinal injury, walk again. Therefore he set up NSIF.

The charity is focused on raising money in order to fund innovative medical research, that we all hope will lead to a repair and cure for spinal cord injury.

To support Claire Lomas and donate towards research into Spinal cord research follow this Just Giving link. Or text LEGS60 £3 to 70070 through Vodafone Just-Text-Giving.


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