Bionic woman completes marathon

Western Telegraph: Claire Lomas approaches the finish of the London Marathon on The Mall Claire Lomas approaches the finish of the London Marathon on The Mall

A paralysed woman has become the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic suit.

Claire Lomas finished the London Marathon, crossing the finishing line 16 days after the race began.

The 32-year-old said she was "over the moon" as she completed the 26.2-mile route, which she started on April 22 with 36,000 other participants.

The former chiropractor was in tears as she became the first person to complete any marathon using a bionic ReWalk suit.

Hundreds lined the streets as she made her final steps to complete the race.

Mounted members of the Household Cavalry gave her a guard of honour as she crossed the finishing line on The Mall.

Jewellery designer Ms Lomas, who was left paralysed from the chest down following a horse-riding accident in 2007, said: "I'm over the moon.

"There were times when I questioned whether I would make it when I was training. Once I started, I just took each day as it came and every step got me a step closer."

A spokeswoman for the mounted regiment said the riders were there to give Ms Lomas "extra support because she is passionate about horses".

Ms Lomas will not appear in the official results and did not receive a medal when she finished as competitors have to complete the course on the same day to qualify for a medal, organisers said. But a number of marathon runners decided to donate their own medals to Ms Lomas.

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