Monday, 19 May 2014

Simon Andrews

I came home tonight with the intention of showing you pictures and telling you about my fun weekend, in the company of terrific people, at the North West 200.  But, within the last half hour, I've learnt that Saturday's racing has claimed the life of one of my favourite riders, Simon Andrews.

Only 31 years old and from Evesham in Worcestershire, he was involved in a horrific crash near Metropole corner in Portrush.  Racing was held up for some time whilst he was airlifted to hospital.  But, after initially being put on a life support machine, he was able to breathe on his own and the signs were good.  Sadly he lost his battle earlier today.

I've written about him here before. He had several dices with death in the past, but always came back.  More importantly, he was widely known as a very nice guy with time for everyone.  Above you can see him signing autographs in Coleraine town centre in Friday afternoon, just 24 hours before his accident.

He is a huge loss to his sport and to the many people who enjoyed seeing him race.