Tributes to former jockey Sharron

Racing has this week been remembering one of its truly inspirational characters.

Former jockey Sharron Murgatroyd who was paralysed from the neck down in a racing fall more than 20 years ago, died at West Suffolk Hospital on Friday. She was 54.

Such was the severity of the injuries she received in a fall in a hurdle race at Bangor in August 1991, Sharron, who lived in Kentford, was once told her life expectancy was little more than five years. But she defied the odds and built herself a new life as an author, poet and charity fundraiser particularly for the Injured Jockeys’ Fund (IJF)whose 50th anniversary celebration at Aintree’s Grand National meeting she had been due to grace today.

Ex-jockey now IJF president John Francome said: “She has been an inspiration to an awful lot of people particularly me. I never once heard her moan. Instead she always saw the funny side of her predictament.”