‘I found that I quite liked the job of patch­ing peo­ple up’

Bill Wal­ton is an ex-royal Marine turned limo­bike rider, in­struc­tor, and bike medic

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‘I was in the Royal Marines band and one of our sec­ondary roles was as en­hanced first aiders/stretcher bear­ers. I went to the Gulf in 1990 and was on HMS Argus, a for­ward ca­su­alty re­ceiv­ing ship. I found that I quite liked the job of patch­ing peo­ple up and as a re­sult joined Lon­don Am­bu­lance ser­vice in 1996.

“I wanted to be on the bikes but needed to gain ex­pe­ri­ence, so I went to work for Vir­gin Limo­bike and also trained as an in­struc­tor. I did my IAM, ROSPA Gold and Po­lice Class 1 be­fore be­ing ac­cepted by the Kent bike unit in 2000 as a para­medic. I did that for eight years un­til the unit was dis­banded and I was moved on to re­sponse cars.

“In 2005 I got in­volved in mo­tor­cy­cle ral­lies in In­dia, en­joy­ing nu­mer­ous ad­ven­tures as a bike medic both in the south and in the Hi­malayas. Sadly, the last one in the moun­tains didn’t end so well; to avoid a lorry that was over­tak­ing a car I’d pulled in close to the rock face, but in typ­i­cal In­dian fash­ion the lorry was in turn be­ing over­taken by a bus, which promptly crushed me against the wall. I was left with a non-dis­placed ro­ta­tional frac­ture be­low my hip, di­ag­nosed three days later when I even­tu­ally made it to a hos­pi­tal. It’s sod’s law that the only ac­ci­dent of my pro­fes­sional ca­reer was half way up a moun­tain in the Hi­malayas!

“I now live on the Isle of Man where for the past three years I’ve been fly­ing with the Air Am­bu­lance. I also pro­vide cover for all sorts of mo­tor­sport events such as rallying, grasstrack, the Manx and of course, the TT. 2017 will be my sev­enth TT and as per last year I’m hop­ing to be sta­tioned in the course car.”

‘It’s sod’s law that the only ac­ci­dent of my pro­fes­sional ca­reer was in the Hi­malayas’

Bill Wal­ton, left, has been fly­ing with the air am­bu­lance for three years now

On tour as a medic in In­dia, be­fore un­wit­tingly be­com­ing the pa­tient

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