McCoy ready for 9 Lives Challenge
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