Isle of Man TT racer Chris Swallow suffered ‘unsurvivable head fracture’, inquest is told – ExaminerLive

A motorcycle rider suffered an ‘unsurvivable head fracture’ after he lost control of his motorbike during an Isle of Man TT race, an inquest has been told.

Chris Swallow, son of Isle of Man TT legend Bill Swallow, died after a crash during the Senior Classic TT race on the Isle of Man on August 24.

A court in Douglas heard that Mr Swallow crashed at Ballaugh Village after he ‘lost control’ of his motorbike.

Coroner Jayne Hughes said the 37-year-old had sustained multiple injuries.

She passed on her condolences to his family, who were not in attendance for the hearing, and then adjourned the inquest.

Chris Swallow, 37, from New Zealand, who died in the Senior TT Classic race on Isle of Man on Saturday 24th August

Mr Swallow, who was brought up in Holmfirth and taught in Oldham before emigrating to New Zealand, was a married dad with two young daughters. He had worked as a PE teacher before he emigrated.

He was an experienced rider and a regular competitor in the Classic TT Races.

Following his death, he was described as a ‘great teacher’ and a lovely man.


His death was the second tragedy to hit the family after his brother David died at a motorbike meet in Scotland in 2010.

David, 29, died from carbon monoxide poisoning after sleeping in his van with a disposable BBQ which he had thought had gone out.

Their father Bill, who has won the Isle of Man TT Classic Manx Grand Prix race nine times, is a teacher at Holmfirth High School.



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