Thirty-six thousand runners completed the 26.2 mile marathon course in London in 2012. So did Claire Lomas.
The paralyzed 32-year-old conquered the course of uneven sidewalks using a bionic suit to control her legs. Her effort took around 40 hours, averaging between a mile and 2.5 miles spread over 17 days. Claire is a former chiropractor and competitive cross-country horse rider. She broke her spine after being thrown from her horse five years earlier.
Claire’s is an overcomer. From strenuous athleticism to immobility; from a wheelchair to a pioneering bionic suit called ReWalk which gives her mobility through motion sensors, battery operated motors and an onboard computer system. She can stand, walk and climb stairs. When her daughter was learning to walk, Claire joined her – one for the first time, the other for the second time around.
She completed the race with her husband in tow. Tourists, supporters and family clapped her along to a marathon success.