_67120586_165923729A paralysed athlete who became the first person to complete the London Marathon using a robotic suit has set off on a 400 mile bike ride. Claire Lomas, from Melton Mowbray, lost the use of her legs after a horse riding accident in 2007.

But she completed the marathon course in 17 days on foot using the specially designed suit.

Mrs Lomas now hopes to raise £400,000 for spinal research charities hand cycling from Nottingham to London.

The disability rights campaigner and fundraiser said: “It will be a real test of strength and endurance but all for two very good causes.”

During the challenge she will also visit schools to raise awareness about the work of Spinal Research and the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

She said: “After the marathon I was invited to go to quite a few schools and I’ve just loved it – the kids have reacted so well, so I thought I’d combine it with my next challenge.”

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Mrs Lomas set off from Nottingham Trent University earlier.