A former jump jockey who was left paralysed from the chest down will set out on a mammoth 140 mile cycling challenge this summer in the hope of raising a substantial sum for two charities which helped him in his hour of need.
Jacob Pritchard Webb was enjoying a highly promising riding career in France when involved in a heavy fall at Auteuil in June 2020. However, the life-changing injuries he sustained have not stopped him living life to the full, beginning careers in both the racing media and the bloodstock world and even embarking on plans to represent Team GB in the Paralympics as a Wheelchair Table Tennis player.
Now the 25 year old has decided to undertake a three-day 140 mile hand bike ride between two Jockey Club racecourses - Cheltenham and Newmarket - in July in the hope of raising £25,000 each for two charities which have supported him since the accident, the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Matt Hampson Foundation.
Jacob explained: “Doing a hand cycle from Cheltenham to Newmarket over the course of three days seemed like a good idea when I came up with it but the closer I get to the start date it seems quite daft now!
“I’ll be doing the full run alongside my mum, dad and girlfriend, while my nan I think is driving the support vehicle. When we set off from Cheltenham on the Thursday (July 7th) there’s going to be five people I think doing it from the word go and then we’re hoping to have people like Luke Harvey, Sean Boyce, Conor Shoemark, AP McCoy and Charlie Poste joining in along the way too.
“Through the Matt Hampson Foundation we’ve also asked former international rugby players Mike Tindall, Nicky Robinson and Rhys Priestland if they’d like to join us too – so it could be quite the squad!"
Matt Hampson said: “Jacob has worked really hard with our physio team on his recovery and has made amazing progress. The Foundation was established to help people get busy living after a life-changing injury and Jacob is doing just that! We’re all looking forward to cheering him on in his challenge and grateful for the support he is giving to the charity."
Find out more about Jacob’s “Cross Counties Cycle Challenge” and donate to the cause visit www.sponsorme.co.uk/jacobwebb/the-cross-countys-cycle-challenge.aspx and his Instagram email@example.com