'Bionic' woman who competed in the London Marathon will cycle from Paris to London for charity

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08:40 GMT, 18 June 2012

She captured the hearts of the nation when she miraculously crossed the finish line of the London Marathon by using bionic legs.

And now Claire Lomas plans to captivate Briton's once more – by cycling from Paris to London.

Despite not being able to move her legs she will cover the 250 mile ride on a special bike which uses electrical pulses to stimulate her muscles, forcing her to pedal.

Claire Lomas on her exercise bike at ;home in Melton, Mowbray. She is hoping to ride from Paris to London next Spring, despite being paralysed

Claire Lomas on her exercise bike at ;home in Melton, Mowbray. She is hoping to ride from Paris to London next Spring, despite being paralysed

Miss Lomas, who was left paralysed from the waist down following a horse-riding accident which severed her spinal cord, will once again be accompanied by her husband Dan.

'It is going to be really hard work but it is going to be very different to doing the marathon,' said the 31-year-old to the Sunday Telegraph. 'For the marathon I didn't have to be super fit as the pace was so slow in the robot.'

Miss Lomas, who is a mother to one-year-old Maisie, said she is concerned about not being able to tackle hills but has been using an indoor bike to train and is looking forward to being able to cycle outdoors.

In April this year she was joined by her husband, a research biologist, and tiny daughter for every step of the London Marathon, which took her two and a half weeks to complete.

Miss Lomas, of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, managed to raise more than 200,000 for Spinal Research and attracted world wide attention during the challenge.

Aching with pain and struggling to stay upright she crossed the finish line a gruelling 16 days after she first started.

Hundreds gathered to watch Claire as she completed her challenge in London

Hundreds gathered to watch Claire as she completed her challenge in London

A delighted Claire, who was supported by her husband Dan all the way, plants a kiss on daughter Maisie

A delighted Claire, who was supported by her husband Dan all the way, plants a kiss on daughter Maisie

People across the country were outraged when organisers refused to honour her achievement with an official medal because she did not finish within 24 hours.

Instead, 14 of her fellow runners, who were so inspired by her efforts donated theirs.

Miss Lomas was overwhelmed by support during her efforts and said it inspired her to think of something else to do for charity.

Her legs will be strapped into the special Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike, which is actually a tricycle, and electrodes will be attached to her thighs and connected to an electrical stimulator.

A computer, activated with the push of a button, will control the muscles in her legs and cause them to produce a pedalling motion.

Claire, pictured in her wheelchair with Maisie, will use a special tricycle to help her complete the ride from Paris to London

Claire, pictured in her wheelchair with Maisie, will use a special tricycle to help her complete the ride from Paris to London

A throttle in the handle will also manage the intensity of the stimulation and the speed of the pedalling.

As part of her training Miss Lomas will take part in an outdoor ride from Glasgow later this month and hopes to complete her challenge from Paris to London in the Spring of next year.

She has said that although she gets help with pedalling from the electrical stimulation, it is still tiring for her.

'The signals from my brain can't get down my spinal cord because of my injury so they don't reach my legs, so the pads put an electrical signal straight into the muscles to make them contract. They still need oxygen and it requires cardiovascular fitness,' she said.