Claire Lomas

Claire Lomas

Claire Lomas was a chiropractor and had reached the highest level in the sport of eventing when a freak accident left her paralysed from the chest down. She’d gone from living life as an active sportswomen whose dreams were coming true, to a life that seemed impossible to ever be happy. The simplest of tasks were now a challenge for Claire. She had to dig deep to find the strength and courage to rebuild her life from scratch.

She discharged herself from hospital after only 8 weeks, determined to do as much rehabilitation as possible. She spent hours in the gym but also recognised that she needed more than this in her life.

Her relationship of four years ended ten months after her accident and although Claire felt at rock bottom, she was determined not to sit back and feel sorry for herself. She signed onto an internet dating site where she met Dan, who later became her husband and gave birth to their daughter in 2011. Claire also found new sports including skiing, set up a business, wrote a book and organised fundraising events. Her life was totally different but it did have one similarity, she was busy again.

Since then, Claire has achieved some incredible things; walking the London Marathon in a robotic suit in 17 days; lighting the 2012 Paralympic cauldron; a 400 mile hand-cycle around England; earlier this year completed the Greater Manchester Marathon in just 9 days; and now has her motorbike race license! As if that wasn’t enough she’s committed to raising money to find a cure for paralysis, and has raised over £600,000 to date!

Claire commented:

“Sport and physical activity have the power to transform lives so it’s vital that we celebrate and reward those who help to get communities more active. I’m thrilled to be returning to Greater Manchester, after completing the Marathon here earlier this year, to be part of this year’s event and look forward to celebrating the achievements of the people here in Greater Manchester.”