He was passionate about teaching others to ride safely

Martin Nurton with wife Suzanne Simmons
Martin Nurton with wife Suzanne Simmons

THE wife of tragic motorcycle instructor Martin Nurton has paid tribute to her ‘soul mate’ of 10 years.

Martin died on Friday night after a motorbike accident on the V8 near Kingston.

The 33-year-old ran Horizon Rider Training, teaching people how to safely ride motorcyles, taking over the business from his parents, and running it with his wife Suzanne Simmons.

In a tribute to her husband, Suzanne said: “I feel extremely lucky to have not only met my soul mate, but to have been with him for ten wonderful years.

“Martin was brilliant to be around; he was fun, kind, caring and extremely supportive, and I know my life, as well as the lives of others close to him have been enriched by him.

“He was outgoing and always making people laugh whether it was with his jokes, or because he’d said something silly, and I as well as his friends and close family have an endless number of stories about him and the wonderful time we shared together.

“For the last seven years Martin had been running Horizon after his mother and father started the company many years ago.

“Martin’s passion was motorcycling, so teaching others to ride was not only enjoyable for him, but something he was naturally good at, and to this day, our past students still come back to Horizon to visit. He was an exceptional rider, not only on the road but on the track too and I will miss seeing him on a motorcycle and the great advice he was always happy to offer. Both myself and the Horizon team would like to thank everyone for their support at this time and together we will continue to run Horizon in the way he would have wanted.”

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at around 6.15pm on Friday, September 7. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Irwin at MK Roads Policing Joint Operations Unit on 101.