Loram quits after awful injury

BRITAIN'S last World Champion, and Ipswich Witch Mark Loram, who lifted the title in 2000, has officially announced his retirement.Loram suffered a double compound fracture of his left leg at the start of the 2007 campaign riding for the Witches against Reading and, owing to complications, hasn't ridden competitively since.

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Loram announces retirement

BRITAIN'S last World Champion, and Ipswich Witch Mark Loram, who lifted the title in 2000, has officially announced his retirement.

Loram suffered a double compound fracture of his left leg at the start of the 2007 campaign riding for the Witches against Reading and, owing to complications, hasn't ridden competitively since.

"It's a real shame the way my career ended, with the crash, but having two years out was just such a long time. If I'd been 34 or 35 I might have been able to get away with two years, but unfortunately it happened right at the wrong time,” said Loram.

"I always said to myself I didn't really want to ride past 39, and next January I'm 39. Yes, it's a massive shame, it's gutting, but, on the other hand, there's too much good I've had from it to dwell on the negative exit.”

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Distinguished career: Former World Champion Mark Loram