Claire Lomas sets off on 400-mile cycle challenge to raise money for research

Inspirational fundraiser Claire Lomas has today set off on her 400-mile hand cycle challenge across the heart of the country to raise money for research into spinal cord repair.

Claire, who was paralysed from the chest down after a horse riding accident in 2007, will be completing the equivalent of a marathon a day, nearly every day for three weeks, using a customised hand cycle. Setting off from Nottingham Trent University this morning, Claire will pedal her way through Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey, finally finishing in London on Monday 13th May.

Along the way, Claire will be stopping at schools and organisations to inspire others to take on their own challenges in life.

Claire said: “Over the course of my challenge, I’ll be visiting as many schools as possible so I can talk to the children about the impact my spinal cord injury has had on my life, how I have managed to rebuild my life and the 16-day Marathon! I hope to encourage them to believe in themselves and set their own personal goals.

“So far my training on the hand bike has been going well. It has been tough in the snow, but I just have to remind myself why I’m doing it and then it’s worth it! Knowing that I’m raising money for research into spinal cord repair motivates me to push myself that little bit further.”

Find out where Claire will be and when so you can cheer her on. If you would like to join her on the cycle route, you will be required to read and sign this disclaimer to make sure you are safe to ride.

You can also show your support for Claire and Spinal Research by donating via Claire’s Justgiving page or by texting LEGS60 £3 to 70070.

This is Claire’s second fundraising challenge for Spinal Research. In April 2012, she completed the Virgin London Marathon using a ReWalk robotic suit. Claire crossed the finishing line after 16 gruelling days and raised over £200,000 for our vital research.