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Paralysed woman takes on London Marathon in robotic suit

Claire Lomas will do the London Marathon in a rewalk suit Photo: ITV Central

Sporting and TV celebrities are rallying round a paralysed woman's brave attempt to take on the London Marathon.

Claire Lomas who's from Eye Kettleby near Melton, was paralysed from the waist down in a horse riding accident in 2007.

She's since been training for the event in a robotic suit which enables people with lower-limb paralysis to walk.

Claire Lomas has been training at a clinic in Hull Credit: ITV Central

The re-walk suit uses motion sensors and onboard computers to help the user walk and even climb stairs.

From managing a few steps, Claire's progressed to walking a mile at a time after three days a week training at a clinic in Hull.

She plans to set off with thousands of other athletes this coming Sunday, and hopes to complete the marathon in two weeks.

Claire will be accompanied by her husband Dan, her mum Joyce and even her 13 month old baby daughter Maisie.

Claire Lomas and husband Dan on their wedding day Credit: Claire Lomas

But she's also hoping to be joined on parts of her walk by celebrities including Gabby Logan, former tennis star Tim Henman, and paralysed former Leicester Tigers player Matt Hampson.

As well as competing in the marathon Claire will also be raising money for the charity Spinal Research and has already been pledged more than £7,000.

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