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Co Antrim rider Elliott hurt in Republic road race spill

By Allan Preston

Published 25/07/2016

Crash: Seamus Elliott
Crash: Seamus Elliott

A Ballymoney road racer has escaped serious injury after crashing at a Co Tipperary event yesterday.

There were serious concerns for Seamus Elliott's health after he had to be airlifted from the track of the Faugheen 50 Road Race event to Cork University Hospital.

It's understood he came off his bike shortly after the event started, suffering fractured bones.

One of Ireland's leading road racers, the Ballymoney man had been enjoying a successful 2016 season, becoming a regular sight on the winner's podium and making his debut in the Isle of Man TT race earlier this year.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, race secretary for the Faugheen 50 Road Race Maeve Walsh said she was relieved.

"The situation has changed substantially, he does have a number of fractures," she said.

"I don't know the full extent of the injuries but as far as I'm aware they're not serious. He's not in danger.

"I suppose it's a typical road racing injury.

"They had just started the open race. They had gone a minimal distance down the road and he came off."

She added: "The club would like to wish him and his family well. He's a lovely guy; I do race secretary at a number of other meetings in the South and would often see him.

"He enters into quite a few different classes of races.

"He's a lovely chap. The most important thing is that we know he's going to be well."

A spokesman from Cork University Hospital confirmed Mr Elliott was due to be operated on last night.

On Saturday he had been eagerly looking forward to yesterday's race. Posting on his Facebook page, he said: "Off the boat and en route to Faugheen, hopefully be a good weekend."

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph this year, Mr Elliott spoke of his excitement over the Isle of Man TT.

"I've now got this chance with a strong team. I just want to repay the faith that the team has in me," he said.

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