Morecambe war hero TT bid to break world record

A war hero who lost both his legs in Afghanistan will be handcycling the TT race circuit to raise money for charity and break a world record.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 2:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 12:22 pm
Stuart Robinson (in the forefront) and Kurt McGuinness undergoing training for their TT handcycle bid.

Stuart Robinson, of Morecambe, will be undertaking the gruelling 37.75 mile challenge with Kurt McGuinness, brother of TT legend John McGuinness and Anton Shephard, a former motocross rider paralysed from the chest down since 2014.

Not only are the three men aiming to raise as much money as possible for RAF charities, they are hoping to break the Guinness World Record for completing the circuit by handcycles if it has not been done before.

Stuart, 33, said: “Myself and Kurt McGuinness went out for a drink at Christmas and Kurt goes across to the Isle of Man every year with John, so we said we could try and hand cycle it. On the handcycle its purely your arms and shoulders that control the steering , gears and brakes and it can ve very, very difficult. It has crept up on us pretty quickly, there are a few nerves but we are also looking forward to it.”

Stuart, Kurt and Anton will be starting the circuit at 7.30am on Easter Saturday and plan to complete the course within five or six hours.

They have already raised £500 for the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fundand the British Limbless Ex-Servicemans Association through donations. Stuart said: “On the Saturday evening after the challenge, the British Legion are having a fundraising event to raise more funds.

“We would also like to thank our sponsors Vogue Hair on Morecambe promenade.”

The event is on March 26. To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TeamleglessTT.