Claire Lomas completes the London Marathon in ReWalk bionic suit

May 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s fantastic to hear that Claire Lomas, the paralysed women who was attempting to complete the London Marathon in a ReWalk bionic suite, has successfully crossed the finish line at the Mall this afternoon.

It’s taken Claire 16 days to complete the 26.2 mile course wearing the ReWalk bionic suit by Cyclone; a revolutionary device that stimulates movement in the bottom half of the body via sensors allowing users to climb stairs and walk independently.

I was lucky enough to see a small demonstration of ReWalk when it was showcased at 2011’s Naidex exhibition and saw it for a second time at last week’s Naidex 2012 expo. The device is a phenomenon and has truly proved itself during the endurance challenge which has seen Claire become the first person to complete the marathon in a bionic suit.

Claire Lomas ReWalk London Marathon

Claire Lomas in ReWalk bionic suit

Claire, who suffered spinal injuries in 2007 after falling off a horse, completed the marathon in aid of Spinal Research, a charity who work relentlessly to find new treatments and a possibly cure for the effects of spinal injuries.

Sadly she couldn’t qualify for a medal upon reaching the finish line as competition rules state that medals are only awarded to competitors who complete the marathon on the same day that it started. However, Claire was accompanied across the finish line by three members of the Household Cavalry on horseback to celebrate her passion for horses and her amazing achievement.

Claire’s marathon completion is magnificent and I hope that her success will inspire more people to realise their own capabilities and take note of the ground-breaking technology which is enabling us to do whatever we desire. Well done Claire!

Visit Claire’s JustGiving page – here.

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