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Hand-biking veterans tackle famous TT course

Tackling challenges head-on is Stuart Robinson’s speciality. The former RAF Regiment Corporal has embarked on several extreme fundraisers since losing both his legs in an IED explosion in 2013.

Stuart Robinson and Darren NormanStuart Robinson and Darren Norman in training

And his next challenge is no exception. Stuart plans to hand bike his way around the famous Isle of Man TT course – a 37-mile long track which includes an eight-mile incline.

Stuart explained: "I was really keen to do something different. I have always enjoyed fitness and now, having a different kind of physical ability, I have to find different ways of carrying out challenges than the normal conventional ways.

"The most challenging part of the race course will be the eight-mile uphill section. Even if you are an accomplished hand cyclist, any kind of hill is massively difficult. There is nothing you can do about it, you just put the bike in a low gear and get on with it."

Stuart will be joined by some new members of 'Team Legless' - his dedicated band of fundraisers. Kurt McGuinness is also a former RAF serviceman and brother to successful TT racer John McGuinness, known as the Morecambe Missile, and will join Stuart in completing the course using a hand bike. Along side them is Anton Shepherd, a paraplegic, who was injured in a motorcycle accident, also using a hand bike.

Long-standing Team Legless member and Sgt Darren Norman will support the trio on a conventional bike when they hit the track on Easter Saturday.

Stuart believes this challenge will be a first for the world famous motor racing circuit but that does not faze him. What matters to Stuart is pushing himself to the max to support the charities which helped him rebuild his life following his devastating injuries, including the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The Fund helped Stuart to buy a hand trike which allowed him to get outside and play with his young son George as well as part funding works to his home to make it more accessible for him.  

If you would like to support Stuart and his fellow hand bikers visit their fundraising page.

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