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Paraplegic fundraiser Claire Lomas completes 640km hand bike challenge

May 13, 2013
Paraplegic fundraiser Claire Lomas completes 640km hand bike challenge

Greeted by over 300 well-wishers, as well as friends and family at the London Eye earlier today, paraplegic fundraiser Claire Lomas completed her extraordinary 640km hand bike challenge.

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Prime Minister David Cameron also got involved to show his support for Claire’s Cycle today by tweeting a message of encouragement, as she passed by Downing Street on the last leg of her exhausting journey.

He wrote, “@claire80lomas sped past Downing St this morning on her 400m handbike cycle around Britain, raising awareness for @SpinalResearch & The Nicholls Foundation @TNSIF #ClairesCycle.”

After setting off on her charity challenge from Nottingham Trent University in April, Claire completed the equivalent of a marathon a day over three grueling weeks, powered entirely by her arms.

Along her route she visited 161 towns across 13 counties and inspired thousands of people, as she raised awareness for Spinal Research and the Nicholls Foundation.

Claire said, “This has been the toughest mental and physical challenge of my life, a lot harder than last year’s London Marathon!

“I’m relieved to have finished, but so grateful to everyone that has text donated along the way, it’s what kept me going through the really hard days.”

“My cycle may be over, but the search for a cure for paralysis isn’t, so after a few days of rest, I’ll start planning my next fundraising challenge!”

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Claire is fundraising through JustTextGiving by Vodafone, which means texts are free to send on any network and 100% of the donation goes to her chosen charity. If you want to donate her code is LEGS60.

From all the team here at Sportsister, congratulations Claire!

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

 

 

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