Paralysed event rider Claire Lomas is in training for the London Marathon – after taking delivery of a special robotic suit.

The four-star rider, who was injured in a fall at Osberton Horse Trials in 2007, is to walk the 26-mile race in the suit, designed to allow paraplegics to walk.

Top event riders, including Mary King and Mark Todd, posed near naked for a calendar to help raise £35,000 towards the suit.

Claire hopes to raise £50,000 for Spinal Research. You can donate through her Just Giving page.

Claire said: “Spinal Research is getting closer to finding a cure [for spinal injuries] and needs vital funds – this is why I am walking the London Marathon for them.”

She will set off in the robotic suit on 22 April and hopes to finish a couple of weeks later!

Watch Claire learning to walk in her robotic suit