Claire Lomas became the first person to complete a full marathon: and she is unable to use her legs.
5 years ago, 32 year old Lomas was paralysed from the chest down after she was thrown off the back of a horse. In 2012, she took on the challenge to run the 2012 London Marathon: in a bionic suit.
It took 16 days for Claire Lomas to cross the finish line, covering 3 to 4 kilometres per day, wearing her 20kg ReWalk suit. The $70 000 suit is designed to allow people with lower-limb paralysis to walk and stand.
“It was really emotional and I couldn’t believe the support — I’m still in shock really,” she told the BBC. “The last half a mile or so was pretty easy to walk because I had everyone just pushing me forward.”
Lomas didn’t receive the London Marathon medal, nor will her time be entered in the official record books, as she didn’t finish the race on the same day as the race (according to London Marathon rules). A number of outraged marathoners sent their medals to Lomas, and she will receive a special trophy from the race organizers.