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Graham Inchley’s Unique Wheelchair Challenge

Graham Inchley is set to undertake a unique challenge on the 2nd of July, as he plans to push a specifically adapted wheelchair around the world famous Mountain Course.

Graham is aiming to complete a lap of the legendary course, within the eight hours mark.

A world record holder in terms of pushing a occupied wheelchair, the idea of his latest new challenge, arose when participating in a parade lap during the Classic TT Races.

Photo courtesy of John Quirk

Speaking about his most recent experience of the Mountain Course, aboard a Villiers Starmaker Special, that his father Peter had taken to a superb third place finish in the 1966 Lightweight 250 TT, he said:

“Unfortunately, the ignition packed up between Quarterbridge and Braddan Bridge. This was terribly disappointing at the time but was made more comfortable by the fantastic people from the Joey Dunlop Foundation whose building is just behind the marshal post.

They offered me a beer and good company during the last race of the day which I watched from the balcony. It was soon obvious to me that breaking down here had happened for a reason.”

Graham added, why he is supporting the Joey Dunlop Foundation:

“I believe the facility the Foundation provides for disabled riders and non-riders alike is excellent and is a cause which deserves support.

The plan is to be sponsored to push the occupied endurance wheelchair around the Isle of Man, covering the equivalent distance of a full lap of the TT course, on 2nd July, the anniversary of Joey’s tragic death, raising awareness of the Foundation and money to support its important work.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s support, covering the cost of the team’s travel, has helped make this challenge possible and I’d like to thank the company for its help.”

Chief Executive of the Steam Packet Company, Mark Woodward, added:

“Graham is taking on a considerable challenge to raise money for the Joey Dunlop Foundation, which is a cause we have supported for many years.

We’re pleased to be able to help by covering travel costs and wish Graham all the best with his fundraising and his ambitious TT course challenge.”

Words by Stevie Rial