OG Claire Lomas completes Great North Run
Stamford High School Old Girl, Claire Lomas completed the famous Great North Run, whilst wearing a ‘Bionic suit’.
Claire, who is affectionately known as the ‘Bionic women’ in the media, was paralysed from the chest down as result of a riding accident in 2007. She used a ReWalk robotic exoskeleton, which uses motion sensors to help her move and lift her legs.
She started the half marathon on Wednesday –covering about 3 miles each day- and crossed the finish line at about 10:00 on Sunday. This astonishing achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that Claire completed the run while being 16 weeks pregnant.
Claire has visited both Stamford High School and Stamford Junior School on a couple of occasions to talk about her disabilities and how she overcomes them to undertake high profile challenges for charity.
In 2012 Claire completed the London Marathon, becoming the first person to do so in a robotic suit. The following year she also completed a 400 mile, Nottingham-to-London bike ride using an arm-powered bike.