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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > May-17 > “THERE’S NO WAY I’D CHANGE MY LIFE BACK NOW”


When a horse riding accident left Claire Lomas paralysed from the chest down, she was forced to rebuild her life from scratch – a journey that has seen her achieving things she never thought possible


Claire took part in the Great North Run while pregnant

“I set myself very short goals so I’d never think of the whole distance,” explains Claire Lomas, recalling her London Marathon experience in 2012, “just the next 50 steps and the next 50 steps, and that’s how I got through it.” Breaking a marathon down into such increments is common among runners – it’s a technique used by Paula Radcliffe, in fact. But for Claire, who completed the race over 17 days, wearing a robotic exoskeleton that enables her to walk, these increments were much smaller than for most of the other runners. And these small but momentous steps have come to reflect her journey in rebuilding her life, after a catastrophic accident in 2007.

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