Inspirational mum Claire Lomas, who famously completed the 2012 London Marathon in a robotic suit, has been barred from entering a 10km charity fun run - because the organisers say the use of ‘motorised assistance’ isn’t permitted.
But despite her disappointment determined Claire (35), who was paralysed from the chest down following a riding accident in 2007, says she’s going to walk the route anyway to raise money and awareness for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
Since her accident Claire, of Eye Kettleby, has raised more than £500,000 for spinal injuries charities.
But she was stunned after being rejected from next month’s Vitality London 10,000 event because of rules prohibiting the use of motors.
Claire wore her motorised ReWalk suit - which has a top speed of just 2.5 miles a day - to complete the 2012 London Marathon in 17 days.
The £43,000 suit enables people with lower-limb paralysis to stand, walk and climb stairs through motion sensors and an onboard computer system.
She said: “The reason I’m not allowed to be a competitor is because the suit is motorised - I only wish this meant it was easy for me.
“Yes, the legs are moved by the suit but only by me working the parts of my body that are not paralysed. I have to work hard for every single step out on the course - especially with any uneven pavements, hills and cambers.
“I was disappointed because I couldn’t see how the suit would give me an unfair advantage over other runners.
“But after thinking about it, I thought I’ll do it anyway. I want to raise money for charity and complete the course. No-one is going to stop me.”
Determined Claire has vowed to complete the course using footpaths next to the main route, cheered on by husband Dan (41) and their five-year-old daughter, Maisie.
Leading disability charities have rallied to support Claire and urged the organisers of Vitality London 10,000 to reconsider their decision to bar her official entry. She’s also received huge support from the general public. To donate to Claire’s attempt to complete the course visit https://www.justgiving.com/claire80lomas or Text LEGS60 #5 to 70070.