Claire Lomas

The First Person to Walk the London Marathon in the ReWalk Robotic Suit

  • Completed a 400m handcycle, raising £85k for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation
  • Completed the Great North Run & the Great South Run
  • Appointed MBE for fundraising efforts

Discover Claire Lomas’s biography of published work below.

The Bigger Picture
Finding My Feet Claire Lomas
Finding My Feet

When Claire Lomas is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Mental Health
Diversity & Inclusion

Claire Lomas’ story is not just of an athlete turned paraplegic but of a determined woman who transformed tragedy into triumph, refusing to be caged by adversity. May 6th, 2007, marks a poignant chapter in Claire’s life. As a professional event rider, she was competing in the Osberton Horse Trials when an unexpected collision with a tree altered her life forever. From a fractured neck and dislocated back to pneumonia, her list of injuries was heart-wrenching. But what’s truly remarkable is not the accident itself, but Claire’s unyielding determination after it. Paralysed from the chest down, where most would see a full stop, Claire saw a comma. Her path to rehabilitation was ignited not just by her own indomitable spirit but by the inspiring stories of fellow paralysed individuals she met along the way.

2012 was a testament to Claire’s tenacity. Donning the ReWalk robotic suit, she became the first person to walk the London Marathon. The seventeen-day journey wasn’t just a personal triumph but a statement to the world, raising a staggering £210,000 for Spinal Research. From there, her thirst for pushing boundaries only grew. Whether it was the Great North Run, a British Superbike lap challenge, or even training for her Private Pilot’s License, Claire’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Her accolades, including the honour of lighting the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar Square, winning the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award for Inspiration and being appointed an MBE, serve as testaments to her unyielding spirit. Yet, her journey goes beyond personal achievements. A passionate campaigner, Claire’s been at the forefront of advocacy for making public transport more accessible. She combines candid recounting of her journey with wit and humour, making her a sought-after speaker and presenter for platforms ranging from ITV’s Lorraine to reputed institutions like the NHS, the British Government, and even corporate giants like Sainsbury’s.

In essence, Claire Lomas’s story is a symphony of hope, determination, and unyielding spirit. She stands as a testament that the human spirit, when tested, can not only survive adversities but can soar above them, inspiring countless others along the way.

Official Testimonials

Claire Lomas is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“I was lucky enough to see Claire speak … inspirational, impressive and engaging. They also pitched it perfectly for their audiences. Please pass on our huge thanks to Claire. I said at the time that she had inspired me to challenge myself – I haven’t decided what that challenge is going to be yet, but there will be something…”

Anna, Head of Reward and Benefits, Clifford Chase LLP

“The session was great – Claire was absolutely brilliant and we had some really great feedback from those that attended. Her presentation fitted perfectly into the wider conversation we’d been having that week around the importance of support networks, finding that resilience and mindset to keep going and supporting others as well if they are struggling. Thanks so much for all your help in organising and please do pass on again a huge thank you to Claire”

Hattie, Junior Learning & Development Business Partner, Alvarez & Marsal Europe

“We’ve just come out of the session and I only have two things to say: WOW and THANK YOU!! Wow because Claire is just truly impressive and inspiring, an authentic and natural speaker, and she brought home so many key messages that we’re certain will stick with our team for a long time. Thank you for the suggestion Lucy, Claire fits our program perfectly and I’m looking forward to working with Champions again in the future”

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To enquire about Claire Lomas for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@inspirational-leadership-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0203 0070 320.