Roads: Black tie fundraiser to celebrate Dr Fred McSorley’s retirement

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The MCUI Medical Team are planning a black tie fundraiser for later this year to celebrate the retirement of one of their founding members, as the legendary Doctor Fred McSorley steps down at the end of the 2017 season.

The local GP, along with colleague Doctor John Hinds, who tragically lost his life in 2015, has been a mainstay of the road racing medical team both north and south of the border for many years, with many names in racing owing their life to the quiet spoken doctor.

Speaking to MCN last year, he explained the origins of the team: “I was one of a team that pioneered having mobile rapid response doctors at events back in the 1980s. Another member of that team was Dr David McManus, who went on to lead the medical team for the FIM. I started pulling back from the racing activity at the end of 2014, but I came back at the NW200 in 2016 taking the place of my great friend, Dr John Hinds, who we lost in 2015 in an accident at the Skerries 100. He was an incredible doctor, who saved the lives of so many riders.”


To celebrate Fred’s career and see him off in style, the medical team will host a black tie fundraiser on the 22nd September at the Armagh City Hotel in Northern Ireland. The limited tickets are on sale now for £40, includes a four-course meal and reception drink.

To book your place or to donate items for the night’s raffle and auction, contact Caroline Bowles Malcolmson. 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer