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Claire Lomas to finish challenge at the London eye

Claire Lomas is hoping to complete her charity bike ride today, by finishing the last leg of her journey at the London Eye.

She has cycled over 400 miles from Nottingham to the capital.

Her journey began three weeks ago today.

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Claire Lomas visits first school on her 400 mile cycle challenge

Claire Lomas is visiting schools along the route of her 400 mile hand-cycle ride from Nottingham to London Credit: ITV Central

Claire Lomas, who was left paralysed after a freak horse riding accident in 2007, is visiting school children as part of her latest fundraising effort to raise money for Spinal Research.

Today she began a 400-mile hand-cycle ride from Nottingham to London, and she's visiting schools along the way.

She completed last year's London Marathon in a robotic suit which, despite her paralysis, allowed her to complete the 26.2 mile course on her own two feet.

Pupils at the Greythorn Primary School in West Bridgford. Nottingham, Credit: ITV Central

This morning, after setting off on the bike ride from Nottingham Trent University, she stopped off at the Greythorn Primary School in West Bridgford, to talk to pupils about her challenge and show them the robotic legs, which she now affectionately calls Fred!

Cyclists join Claire Lomas at the start of her 400mile journey

Other cyclists have joined Claire Lomas at the launch of her latest challenge to cycle 400 miles on a hand-cycle from Nottingham to London.

The 33-year-old from Melton Mowbray, was paralysed form the waist down in a horse riding accident in May 2007.

Last year Claire completed the London Marathon using a specially designed robotic suit.

But she's described this latest fundraising challenge as potentially her toughest yet.

That's because she will not only be cycling, but will also be changing into the robotic legs to give talks at schools along the route.

Claire Lomas before setting off on her 400 mile hand-cycle challenge

Claire Lomas smiles before setting off on her 400 miles hand-cycle ride to London Credit: ITV Central
Supporters cheer Claire on at Nottingham Trent University before the off this morning Credit: ITV Central
Claire, 33, poised and ready to go - the ride to London is expected to take three weeks Credit: ITV Central

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Paraplegic mum to cycle 400 miles

Claire Lomas from Leicestershire, who last year became the first paraplegic to complete the London Marathon on foot, has been training for her next big challenge – to hand cycle 400 miles from Nottingham to London.

Claire was left without the use of her legs after an accident in 2007, but says the years since have been the best of her life.

Claire Lomas trains for Nottingham to London cycle

Claire Lomas is training today for her big challenge at the end of April when she hand cycles from Nottingham to London. That is the equivalent of a marathon a day over three weeks.

Claire Lomas approaching the finish of the London Marathon last year Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Claire was paralysed from the waist down when she was injured in a horse riding accident. Last year she became the first person to complete the London Marathon using a robotic walking suit in a time of 17 days.

This year Claire will be cycling down to London with 60 other riders in a specially designed wheelchair.

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