A 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.”
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.”
Mrs Lomas set off from Nottingham Trent University earlier.