Watch a paralysed and pregnant Claire Lomas use bionic legs to finish the Great North Run


Four days after she started, a paralysed woman has completed the Great North Run - using a bionic suit to help her walk.

Claire Lomas, 36, was paralysed from the chest down after a riding accident in 2007 and 16-weeks pregnant when she started the race on Wednesday. Despite the physical obstacles Lomas used a bionic pair of legs - the ReWalk robotic exoskeleton.

The ReWalk suit uses lightweight braces to help rotate joints and a series of sensors to allow users to control movement with their upper body. The suit requires wearers to use crutches for balance and Lomas' husband Dan gave her a guiding hand too.

Claire Lomas on the Great North Run
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Talking to the BBC about the equipment Lomas said: "It's taken some learning. It's not just physical work, it's the concentration with every step. It doesn't just walk for me. I have to use the parts that aren't paralysed to make it walk."

CLaire Lomas walks the Great North Run in a bionic suit
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Lomas said the journey was difficult, particularly due to her morning sickness and injuries caused to her by the straps on her suit, but she pulled through with an inspiring effort. This is not the first time she has made such an inspiring journey either, using the suit to finish the London Marathon in 2012 after a journey of 16 days.