The ‘Bionic’ woman, Claire Lomas, plans new charity challenge; cycling from Paris to London

June 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Sport | 1 Comment
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 In May hundreds of thousands of runners took to the streets of London to complete the 26.2 mile London Marathon. Whilst runners sped off, 31 year old Claire Lomas, who was left paralysed from the chest down in 2007 after falling off a horse, was preparing to make marathon history by becoming the first person to complete the London marathon in a bionic suit.

Wearing a ReWalk bionic suit by Cyclone, which stimulates movement with sensors, Claire crossed the finish line 16 days later having raised an enormous £200,000 for Spinal Research and capturing the nation with her determination. Claire’s achievement was phenomenal and showcased how revolutionary technology can help improve the lives of disabled people.

Claire Lomas cycling from London to Paris

Claire Lomas now plans to cycle from London to Paris

Claire’s marathon success generated international media attention and she’s become a role model for people with spinal injuries across the world, which is why she’s decided to throw herself into another endurance challenge cycling from Paris to London next spring.

Claire will carry out the 250 mile trek on a specially adapted bike which uses electric pulses and sensors to stimulate movement in her legs. This movement will encourage Claire to push her legs forward and pedal. The pace of the cycle ride is expected to be more intense than the London Marathon so Claire has already started a training programme and has a practice cycle planned in Scotland in the coming months.

claire lomas London Marathon

Claire Lomas crossing the London Marathon finish line

Working within the mobility industry I’ve been lucky to see some of the devices which are available to paralysed and disabled people. However, rarely have I seen such advanced devices been used in real life and shown to their full potential. I think that Claire is a fantastic example of how to regain confidence and achieve great things despite experiencing such tragedy. She is a real inspiration and I’m looking forward to seeing her cycle from Paris to London next year.

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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