Injured Jockeys Fund News
The 9 Lives Challenge is the brainchild of IJF beneficiary, Wayne Burton:
“My name is Wayne Burton and I sustained a life changing injury in 2008 breaking my back in a hurdle race at Exeter racecourse. I have no idea where I would be right now without the support from the IJF. I came up with an idea to give other beneficiaries a challenge while the world is very upside down right now.
Myself and other beneficiaries will be challenging ourselves to train to do as many miles as we possibly can to complete the mileage it would take to travel from Oaksey House to Peter O’Sullevan House to Jack Berry House back to Oaksey House, which is around 560 miles in total. We will be doing this challenge in different forms – walking, pushing a wheelchair, cycling, running, swimming…”
Wayne and eight other beneficiaries, listed below, will ‘set off’ on 24 July – each taking up to nine days to complete their part of the 560-mile virtual route - finishing on Saturday 1 August. Each is paired with an IJF representative, the charity’s President, patrons and trustees, who will match a similar number of miles as their beneficiary to help them achieve the total and to give them the encouragement to undertake their own personal challenge. Gavin Egan, one of the IJF’s Rehabilitation Therapists, is acting as Team Coach. The Almoners for each of the nine will also be involved and IJF Trustee and beneficiary George Baker will also play an active role in organising the challenge.
The action can be followed by members of the public via IJF social media and daily video blogs.
The aim is to raise as much money as possible for the IJF at a time when funds are much needed.
IJF President Sir Anthony McCoy says:
“This is a brilliant idea of Wayne’s and to cover 560 miles in total in lots of different ways is a real challenge for the beneficiaries. I hope people donate as this will inspire them to keep going and I shall be cheering them on every day and be getting out there too to help them achieve their mileage target.”
Wayne Burton, Pushing a wheelchair 25 miles - Sir Anthony McCoy OBE
George Baker, Running 40 Miles - Frankie Dettori MBE
Ed Barrett, Walking\Swimming 7.5 Miles - Ed Chamberlin
Lee Davies, Hand Cycle/Swimming 67 Miles - John Francome MBE
Sarah Gaisford, Pushing a wheelchair 32 Miles - Clare Balding OBE
Rebecca Hewitt, Pushing a wheelchair 19 Miles - Jack berry MBE
Laura Scott, Cycling 52 Miles - Brough Scott MBE
Isabelle Tompsett, Walking 25 Miles - Rachel, Lady Oaksey
Katie Watson, Walking 55 Miles - Peter Scudamore MBE
Twitter - @Lives560
Instagram - @9Lives_Challenge
To donate and for further details of each of the nine beneficiaries please go to:
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