My Activity Tracking
My target 160 mi
I am raising vital funds for life-changing mental health treatment for veterans.
On 8th June 1982 RFA Sir Galahad was bombed at Fitzroy, East Falklands. My brother, Chris Hailwood, RFA Third Engineer, was killed along with many others; he was only 26-years-old. On that day I was on the other side of the Falkland Islands in San Carlos Water, serving on RFA Olna, as a 19-year-old Deck Cadet.
On 8th June 2022 I will attempt a 160-mile cycle ride in memory of all those who lost their lives, and to raise awareness for those injured physically, and mentally. The route takes in four Falklands War memorials: Marchwood, Pangbourne Chapel, Old Portsmouth, and Lee-on-the-Solent. It’s a long ride to represent both the 8,000-mile voyage we took to the Falkland Islands, and also to reflect the long journey of recovery many veterans and their loved ones are still on.
Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. For over a century, they've helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, they provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict.
I’m taking on vital steps towards ensuring veterans can get the support they need.
Thank you so much for your support.
The photo of me was taken in the Falklands in 1982.
Success!Thursday 9th Jun
Up and out nice and early at 04:00 for the first leg from Hill Head to Marchwood. It was a quiet passage through the city of Southampton then down to Marchwood. Stopped at the memorial to pay my respects then off along the Test Valley to Whitchurch.
Surprised there by my son Harry and his girlfriend Ana who had driven down from Nottingham to join me on the next leg to Pangbourne. Few more hills crossed before reaching the Pangbourne Falklands chapel, arrived at 12:00 having completed about 80 miles.
Good visit to the chapel and a nice lunch break and then off
again on my own for a tough leg to Ropley in Hampshire. Started to get
tired at this stage but legs were still pumping away. A lot more hills
and an annoying head wind to push against. Eventually rolled up at Ropley
where my mother-in-law lives. Janet my wife was there with pasta, cake and lots
of tea; 120 miles under the belt. Rolled out at about 17:30, provided with a horse escort by
Faced the hardest section now, had to cross the South Downs before getting into Portsmouth. Very tired at this stage and had to draw on all reserves I had to get up those hills, very tempted by a voice in my head to walk the hills but ignored that and pushed up them all.
Finally, over the top and a good run down to Old Portsmouth via the Gosport Ferry, arrived about 21:00. Paid respects took a breather and off for the final leg to Lee-on-the-Solent, flat run along the coast. Arrived at 22:00, 160 miles done! Janet was there to see me in and safely home. It was a long day, and I suffered a bit but not as much as those who were lost, their families and those that still suffer. They were all in my thoughts with every turn of the wheels. Many thanks to all those who have supported and sponsored this event.Share
Ready to rideMonday 6th Jun
Thank you!!Monday 16th May
Thank you to my Sponsors
Best Of Luck With Your Efforts, Alan & Myrna Johnson. Rfaa Plymouth.
Mike & Jo
Captain Rex Cooper
Gina & Hazel
Angela Perry Mbe
Dr Philip Rogers
Robert P Gilston
Lynda & Ted
Ash St John Claire