Martin Murray needs no introduction , but in case you do not know him ,he is Stephen Murrays brother.
He is a legend in the uk Bmx race scene,he was one of the most stylish riders out there( and would probably still beat quite a few riders now!!!) Martin is doing Lands end-John o’Groats bike ride to raise money for Stephen and his family, here is what he has to say about it
Doing LeJog (Lands End to John O’Groats) – Riding the length of the UK to Raise money for Stephen
Riding LeJog isn’t something I can honestly say has ever been on my wish list of things to do in life, until now. It all changed when my mum was the guest speaker at the annual Fisher Outdoor Expo Gala Dinner back in February. I have worked for Fisher Outdoor in the bike trade for the last 11 years, and they have been unbelievably supportive of Stephen since the day of his accident, helping to raise tens of thousands of pounds through the annual charity auction at our Expo show. Standing in front of almost 200 people, my mum gave a 15 minute after dinner speech on Stephen, his life, and how he has bravely dealt with paralysis since his accident 6 years ago. I was definitely a little nervous for her. This wasn’t a speech about how to grow business in the bike trade, this was real life. A mother, stood on stage by herself in front of a big audience, talking about her son’s life changing injury. I shouldn’t have been nervous though, she was amazing and left the stage to a minute’s standing ovation and more than a few sniffles from the audience. It’s not often you say you’re proud of your parents, but I was beaming with pride of what my mum did that night. I look up to my dad in the same way for how he has dedicated the last 6 years of his life to supporting Stephen, often spending more time in the US than at home.
A week or so after my mums speech, one of our sales reps (John Oakes) said that Stephen and my mum had inspired him so much that he wanted to help raise money for Stephen and his kids by riding Lands End to John O’Groats, did I want to ride it with him? “No thanks, you must be mad John, but good luck” was my response. Lying in bed that night, I couldn’t help but feel I had just passed up a great opportunity to raise money for Stephen. You see right after the accident there were lots of fundraising events from all around the world that helped us out so much with the astronomical bills associated with such a life altering injury. However, as time has moved on it has becoming increasingly difficult for us to raise the funds Stephen and his kids need to simply live. The passing of time means that Stephen’s accident becomes an afterthought to most people as they deal with issues in their own life and support other causes and charities. This is totally understandable but the one thing that remains constant for us is that every year we need to raise $100k for Stephen to survive. Come January 1st of a New Year, we know that over the next 12 months we need to raise $100k to pay the bills and keep Stephen healthy and in rehab. Surely this is a good opportunity to make a sizeable contribution towards that?
The more I thought about it the more I thought about what a great opportunity this could be. I would never have it so easy to ride 900 miles in 9 days and complete LeJog. Fisher’s new bike brand, Eastway, would provide the bikes for us to do it on and Fisher pledged their support with all the necessary kit needed to complete such a ride. John, a 62 year old bloke was going to give up his own time to complete such an enormous feat for Stephen and I was being a pussy.
It was a no-brainer, I called John the next day and told him I was in. By the end of the week, 3 more Fisher guys (James Leader, Blair Whiteside and James Atkins) were chomping at the bit to join us and we set a date of August 16th to begin the ride. We decided to do it in 9 days, averaging 100 mile a day which by all accounts isn’t record breaking but certainly respectable.
So here we are 2 months out and I need your help to raise as much money as possible for Stephen. If you are able to, please click the link below and you can make a donation through Paypal.
All money raised goes directly to Stephen and his on-going medical costs. Please feel free to share a FaceBook post, RT a tweet (follow us @mrmartinmurray or @staystrongbmx) or forward this blog to one of your friends.
Once we start the ride, i’ll be doing daily blogs on this site so you can follow our progress. And if I needed any more motivation, the video below is of Stephen just last week making some new and unbelievable progress. To say we were blown away by this break through is an understatement as we haven’t seen him develop like this for 5 years or so. Stephen is the definition of staying strong and continues to inspire us to all never give up.
This ride is for him and I hope you can support it, its much appreciated.
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