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A paralysed athlete who has just completed a 400-mile bike ride, has said she is already planning her next fundraising challenge.
Claire Lomas, from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, lost the use of her legs after a horse riding accident in 2007.
Last year she became the first person to complete the London Marathon in a robotic suit.
The Nottingham-to-London ride, on an arm-powered bike, took three weeks.
On completion of the route - which took in 161 towns - she said: "This has been the toughest mental and physical challenge of my life, a lot harder than last year's London Marathon.
"I'm relieved to have finished but so grateful to everyone that has text donated along the way, it's what kept me going through the really hard days.
Bike ride in figures
- Claire Lomas spent 22 days on the road
- She cycled 640km (400 miles)
- 1.2m hand revolutions were made during the journey
- She cycled through 13 counties
- Claire Lomas burned 30,000 calories
- 3,500 schoolchildren met the fundraising athlete
"My cycle may be over but the search for a cure for paralysis isn't, so after a few days of rest, I'll start planning my next fundraising challenge."
As she neared the end of her ride in central London, Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "@claire80lomas sped past Downing St this morning on her 400m handbike cycle around Britain, raising money for @SpinalResearch & The Nicholls Foundation @TNSIF #Clairescycle"
The fundraiser was left paralysed when she broke her neck, back and ribs and punctured a lung in a riding accident at the Osberton horse trials in Nottinghamshire.
She walked up to two miles a day to complete the London Marathon course, accompanied by her husband Dan, mother Joyce and daughter Maisie and finished the route in 17 days.