Then yesterday, I saw that Claire Lomas completed her London Marathon, 16 days after the race was started on 22nd April, supported by her family and friends. Claire was paralysed from the chest down in a riding accident five years ago. But she walked 26 miles in 16 days, with the aid of a £43,000 balance detecting 'robot suit'. In the process she has raised over £90,000 - so far. No whining, no complaining that the robot suit made her bum look big, just getting out there and doing something positive and useful. As she didn't complete the course on 22nd April she doesn't qualify for a medal, and when Matthew Pinsent, the rower, tweeted about this he ended up receiving 15 medals from other marathon competitors - giving their medals to Claire. She has raised enough money to fund a three year research project into spinal injuries. Claire was cheered by huge crowds as she crossed the finishing line on the Mall.
Today the Dalai Lama tweeted, 'Actively promoting the positive inner qualities of the human heart will be appreciated by all'. You know, I think he may be on to something.