McCoy ready for 9 Lives Chal­lenge

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Racing -

On Fri­day, nine ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the In­jured Jock­eys Fund, paired with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, will cover 560 vir­tual miles (the dis­tance be­tween Oak­sey House in Lam­bourn, Jack Berry House in Mal­ton and Sir Peter O’Sull­e­van House in New­mar­ket, and back to Lam­bourn) in nine days.

The “9 Lives Chal­lenge” is the fund-raising brain­child of Wayne Bur­ton, a jockey who has been in a wheel­chair since breaking his back at Ex­eter in 2008.

They will com­plete the dis­tance by walk­ing, run­ning, cy­cling, swim­ming and push­ing their own wheel­chairs.

Bur­ton will be paired with Sir An­thony McCoy, and while he is plan­ning to do 25 miles in his wheel­chair, McCoy will run the 25 miles in the nine days.

Also among the nine is Lee Davies, a tetraplegi­c who broke his neck in a car crash when an ap­pren­tice in 1990. He will swim five miles and cover 62 miles on a hand-bike – no mean feat.

“I wanted to do a big fundrais­ing event for the IJF that gives some of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries a goal, to get up and get out­side while the gyms and ev­ery­thing else are shut down,” Bur­ton said.

Fur­ther details can be found on the In­jured Jock­eys Fund web­site.

Marathon men: Former jockey Wayne Bur­ton, who will team up with In­jured Jock­eys Fund pres­i­dent AP McCoy (right) in the 9 Lives Chal­lenge to raise money for the cause

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