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Major fund-raiser being held for Harvington BMX legend

Evesham Editorial 2nd Aug, 2019   0

A MAJOR fundraising event is being held this Saturday for a Harvington man who conquered the world of gravity defying sport – before coming crashing down to earth in a freak accident.

Stephen Murray helped set up BMX racing in the UK – and went on to win a professional contract in BMX in the United States of America.

There he won Gold at the X-Games and Gold again at the Gravity Games.

He was revered throughout the sport and beyond – until in 2007 fate intervened and left him paralysed after attempting a death defying leap into the unknown.

Now back in the UK and living near Evesham, his former colleagues at Redditch BMX have organised the ‘Stay Strong Summer Jam’ featuring a host of thrills – and yes, spills – to raise money on his behalf.

“Redditch is the epi-centre of BMX in the UK – the sport really does have its roots right here,” said the 39-year-old father of two, whose heart still beats powerfully for the sport he loves.

“Saturday is all about bringing the community together at the skatepark and BMX track.

“I was injured in a freak accident. My two boys live and breathe BMX and I believe you have to live life to the fullest – follow your passions because, my goodness, you could get killed or injured every time you step into a car.”

He also paid tribute to local man Brad Mulholland who has been key in helping him.

Steve Rook is one of the organisers of the event and he was there with Stephen at the start of BMX in Redditch.

“We decided to get this event going in his honour because he is such an inspiration not only in BMX but in wider world too,” he said.

“It’s long overdue too. He is held in such high esteem – he is someone who shows what can be done.

“His determination to get out of his wheelchair and hug his kids – it’s awe inspiring.

“Stephen and his family came to the inaugural meeting of Redditch BMX at the Town Hall.

“They wanted to get involved. He went from BMX racing to jumps and became a pioneer in the sport.”

The Stay Strong Summer Jam opens at 12midday and starts at 1pm.

There’s a prize fund of £500 and it costs £10 to ride, £5 for spectatators. Redditch BMX track is on Icknield Street Drive almost opposite Halfords HQ.

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