Tag: Claire Lomas
The idea of racing around the Isle of Man’s world-famous TT course is terrifying for most us.
Yet Claire Lomas, who is paralysed from the chest down, hopes to do just that while only using her hands to control her motorbike.
“The bike has hand-controlled gears, Velcro on my knees to stop them flapping, and toe clips to stop my feet sliding,” she said.
“I’ll have someone to launch me and some poor person has to trust me as I ride towards them for them to catch me!”
Claire Lomas was joined by family and friends for a celebration to launch her autobiography.
In Finding My Feet, the 33-year-old charts the agony and ecstasy of the most extraordinary seven years of her life.
It tells of her journey from the accident which ended a promising riding career and left her paralysed in a wheelchair, to capturing the nation’s hearts by walking the London marathon in a robotic suit.
Claire also shares the joy her three-year-old daughter Maisie has brought her and husband Dan.
Last year Claire Lomas, who is paralysed from the chest down, was hailed as one of the most inspiring women in Britain when she completed the London Marathon in 17 days with the help of a bionic suit. Unable to feel her feet, she had to look down at every step she took over the 43km route, averaging 2.4km each day, often in the pouring rain.
She’s about to set off on her next physical challenge – a 644km hand cycle ride around England on a fundraising mission for Spinal Research and The Nicholls Foundation. The money she raises will go towards stem cell research.
She may be paralyzed from the chest down, but a U.K. woman wearing a “robotic” suit has completed the London Marathon 16 days later.
A smiling Claire Lomas, 32, crossed the finish line Tuesday, earning her the title of the first person to complete a 42 kilometre course with the help of a ReWalk suit. The marathon began April 22.
“There were times when I questioned whether I would make it when I was training,” she told the Guardian after the race, which she walked at a pace of about 3.2 kilometres per day with her husband and 13-month-old daughter, Maisie.