Stuart Croxford and Ryan Edwards-Pritchard will be using Round 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship to be held today in Gibraltar as their Swan Song.
Team Endeavour ThunderCat Racing was set up by Croxford who was injured in Afghanistan in 2012 where he suffered extensive injuries to both feet.
During my rehabilitation I got involved in a UK ‘grass roots’ powerboat racing series to challenge myself and get the feeling of adrenaline back into my life post injury.
With no previous power boat racing experience and the kind and welcoming nature of the community surrounding the powerboat series I had an amazing first year which changed my life mentally and physically while dealing with the transition away from the Army.
Croxford with co-driver Edwards-Pritchard achieved his best ThunderCat Racing result yesterday, taking third place overall in Round 11, the charismatic former Army Captain told me this morning;
I am happy with yesterday’s podium place and hope to go one better today, however, Team Endeavour ThunderCat Racing is about giving Injured and Sick (WIS) personnel and veterans the chance to make the transition into future employment, training or education.
Ryan and I will bow out today and look forward to supporting a new crew in the #53 Team Endeavour ThunderCat next season.
Stuart Croxford has served his country with valour and has dealt with his disability with incredible mental strength.
Another podium position this evening will be a celebration for a true hero.
Photo: Mike Powell
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.