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Crockford fundraiser at site of horror crash
TWO years after the crash that nearly killed him, former Superbike star John Crockford is returning to Brands Hatch to raise money for the organisation that saved him.
Crockford suffered 30 fractures, a ruptured diaphragm and crushed lungs when he was flung from his Kawasaki ZX10 on the first lap of the final race of the 2011 National Superstock 1000 Championship.
The safety barrier Crockford crashed into, after the bike in front braked suddenly, has since been fitted with a shock-absorbing fence.
Now the dad-of-one from Blackfield is ensuring another fitting legacy by raising money for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, which flew him to the Royal London Hospital that afternoon.
Crockford, a machinery technician at Fawley Refinery, will be doing a 30- hour static cycle endurance at Brands Hatch on October 19/20 – the final weekend of the Superbike season.
The 42 year-old said: “The world-class response and actions of the British Superbike medical team gave me the best chance of survival, but it would all have been in vain if had not been for the KSS Air Ambulance, who were able to fly me to the nearest Trauma hospital, a journey I would not have survived by road.
“It was only due to others’ generosity that I was given this chance.
“Now, two years on, I’m back on a bike raising money to enable KSS Air Ambulance to help others. It’s the least I can do for a charity-funded service.
“Having now fully recovered from the accident, with only slight restrictions on an arm and leg that I don’t even notice for normal tasks, I wanted to do some form of physical-endurance challenge based on the Le Mans and Bol d’Or 24hr motorcycle races that I competed in a few years ago.
“Some friends have rallied round and we came up with this challenge, which involves myself and three mates – aka Crocky’s Crew – taking on a team of four from the Royal Logistic Corps, Marchwood, who have been fantastic.
“They’re supplying all the gear as well as volunteers to race my team for 500 miles, from 9am on the Saturday until 3pm on the Sunday.
“Fittingly, we’ll be doing the challenge a few metres from where I crashed.”
To sponsor John and the rest of Crocky's Crew, click on the related link (above right).
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