Inspirational Claire on a mission for paralysis cure

A paralysed athlete passed through Tring today as part of her 400 mile cycle journey to raise vital funds for spinal research.

Claire Lomas damaged her spinal cord in a freak horse riding accident in 2007, and has had no sensation from her chest down ever since.

Paralysed athlete Claire Lomas, front, with fellow cyclists in Tring during her latest challenge to raise money for spinal research

Paralysed athlete Claire Lomas, front, with fellow cyclists in Tring during her latest challenge to raise money for spinal research

The sportswoman began her 400 mile marathon in Nottingham on April 22, and is set to finish in London on May 13.

The challenge will raise money for charities Spinal Research and The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, which are both working towards finding a cure for paralysis.

Claire gave an inspirational talk to Year 9 students at Tring School this morning, demonstrating the ReWalk suit which enabled her to complete last year’s London Marathon in 17 days. The youngsters then cheered her on as she cycled away, ready to begin the next part of her journey towards Kings Langley.

Fellow cyclists Laura Cutter and Alison Sherwood-Bruce, of local equine company Equilibrium, joined Claire on the latest leg of her incredible journey.

Laura first met Claire at Blenheim Horse Trials last year, and after hearing her story decided to support Claire by joining her on her cycle ride, with the hope of raising more money for her two chosen spinal injury research charities.

Tring School teacher Lucy Monger first became friends with Claire after they competed in eventing together before the accident, and when she heard about the cycle challenge, she invited Claire to give a talk to students.

Claire lives with her husband Dan, whom she met after her accident, and their two-year-old daughter Maisie in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

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