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.

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‘Bishop’s Week of Hell’ – John Bishop’s Sport Relief Challenge

February 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Stand-up comedian John Bishop is joining the list of celebrities who have pushed themselves to the limits for Sport Relief. Braving an endurance challenge titled ‘Bishop’s Week of Hell’ he will cycle, row and run from Paris to London in only five days.

Starting his ‘Week of Hell’ this morning John set off from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Leaving the beautiful French city by bike he is currently cycling across northern France to Calais where he will be joined by TV presenter Davina McCall, former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff and Olympian Denise Lewis.

John Bishop Week of Hell

John Bishop - Bishop's Week of Hell

The foursome will take to a rowing boat and row across the channel to Dover- they’ve now officially been granted permission by the French authorities who initially denied access to the route due to complications with shipping lanes.

When they reach English shores John will swop his life jacket for running shoes as he sets off to Trafalgar Square by foot- a gut wrenching three marathons in three days. It’s estimated that the comic will cover over 290 miles in his feat for Sport Relief victory.

John Bishop in training

John Bishop in training prior to Sport Relief challenge

I’m generally a fan of Sport Relief Challenges and recently enjoyed following Helen Skelton’s trek in the Antarctica. So I’ll be keen to keep an eye on John’s progress during his ‘Week of Hell’.  Fingers crossed the channel won’t be too choppy to cross.

You can follow John Bishop’s challenge on the Sport Relief website where you can sponsor John too. Good luck and best wishes to John and all of the celebrities joining him along the way!

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