Claire was working as 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 had gone from living a life as an active sportswoman 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. Many doors had closed, and it was difficult not to dwell on all she had lost. She had to dig deep to find the strength and courage to rebuild her life from scratch. Claire 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. She gave birth to their daughter in 2011.
Claire also found new sports including skiing, set up a business, written a book and organised fundraising events. Her life was totally different but it did have one similarity, she was busy again.
In 2012 Claire became headline news worldwide. She walked the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit. It took a grueling 17 days and raised £210k for Spinal Research. She became the first owner of a robotic suit, and used it when she had the honour of lighting the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar Square.
In 2013 Claire completed a 400 mile handcycle around parts of England, visiting schools on the way to inspire pupils, raising another £85k supporting the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
2014 and 2015 took the fundraising total to over £500k through various events Claire organised.
In 2016 Claire completed the London Vitality 10k in 12 hours, and completed the Great North Run in September whilst 16 weeks pregnant.
Claire complete her latest challenge, #10in24, in October 2017 which saw her walk the 10 miles of the Great South Run in 24 hours, walking through the night and completing the challenge with a few minutes to spare! Claire is currently learning to ride a motorbike and loves pushing the boundaries. In July 2017 she became the first paralysed female in the UK to get her motorbike race licence, and now aims to ride tracks around Europe.