Falklands War Memorials 160mile Cycle Ride

By Paul Hailwood

My Activity Tracking

160
mi

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.

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My Updates

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 Lynda. 

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.

Ready to ride

Monday 6th Jun
All set for the big ride tomorrow, Tue 7 June.  A day ahead of schedulle to avoid the bad weather.   Setting off first thing in the morning and hope to be home by midnight.  Thank you all for your support, it will spur me on over the 160 mile route.

Thank you!!

Monday 16th May
Many thanks for all the donations and kind comments.
I am inspired and looking forward to raising more money and completing the ride.  Better get some miles in now in preparation.

Thank you to my Sponsors

£212

Bish

Good luck Hailwoid!

£190.80

Paul R

For those who we lost never forget,for those who suffer today,they deserve our total support and understanding .Thank you paul .

£106

Best Of Luck With Your Efforts, Alan & Myrna Johnson. Rfaa Plymouth.

Met Chris and Paul Henry on Sir Galahad in Norway for an RFA Sunday curry lunch, just before we sailed South in 1982. I was Chief Engineer on Sir Percivale.

£100

Mike & Jo

Good luck Paul

£100

Pete Best

£100

Jamie Kendall

Paul, still think of that day. Great cause.

£100

Son 1

£79.50

Alan

I was on RFA Sir Bedivere, we arrived at Port Stanley, 25th May 1982. after a major overhaul to fit the Marisat satellite communications fit. I wish you well on your challenge.

£66.78

Captain Rex Cooper

I remember that awful day in 1982. Well done for making this gesture, good luck.

£60

Gina & Hazel

£53

Roy Malkin

I remember Chris from Fort Grange. Good effort, a long bike ride good luck with it

£50

Iain Parker

I have heard stories about you from Harry. Don't ride onto a gravel beach.

£50

Roger Robinson-brown

Sailed with Chris and Paul Henry within months of the Falklands. Visited the beautiful memorial at Fitzroy, on armistice day. Very beautiful in the setting. I was fortunate to bring everyone home on Galahad in 2003.

£42.40

David Gubbins

In this Falklands 40 Reflection and Remembrance Year. Best wishes Paul - BZ on your Fundraising. I served on RFA Sir Lancelot and were Lucky Our bombs did not detonate. We will remember them.

£26.50

James Murchie

Good luck Paul. Have happy memories of Chris during our time together in RFA Stromness 1978.

£26.50

Dominic

Good luck!

£26.50

Philip Roberts

Good luck Paul from all at RFA Sir Galahad Association

£26.50

Robert Cranstone

Well done Paul.....hope you do the distance

£26.50

Angela Perry Mbe

BZ Paul - we look forward to seeing you at the Falklands Chapel (Pangbourne) in June on your courageous journey. Good luck! Safe journey! Angela & the Chapel team

£26.50

René Sørensen

£26.50

Gordon Gibb

£26.50

Simon Booth

Well done Paul

£26.50

Anonymous

£26.50

Judith Lee

£26.50

John Hood

What a wonderful tribute to the memory of your brother and fellow shipmate. I hope all is well with you and the family. Best wishes. John

£26.50

Trevor Iles

Good work Paul.

£26.50

John Finch

Sailed with you on Plumleaf (86) Good Luck with your fund raising and cycle ride. Don't forget the vaseline - John

£26.50

Dr Philip Rogers

£25

Katharine

£25

Claire Hailwood

£25

Frank Andrews

Paul, Excellent idea and good luck - From a Sir Percivale officer

£25

Terry Hailwood

£25

Anonymous

Dear Paul, Good luck with your cycle ride, it is a great thing to do. Combat stress is a very worthy charity.

£25

Anonymous

That's an impressive distance. Good luck.

£21.20

Robert P Gilston

£21.20

Rick Garman

Best of luck Paul

£21.20

Lynda & Ted

Good luck, for a good cause

£21.20

Paul Flynn

£21.20

Donald H

Very well done Paul - great cause!

£21.20

Pat Murray

£20

Pippa Maclean

Good Luck Paul

£20

Annon Whitchurch

£15.90

Lindsay Rae

Good luck Paul from the Raes, friends of Jane and Terry's, we met at Eroica!!

£10.60

Leasa Chadwick

Good luck Paul x

£10.60

Anonymous

£10.60

Silas Feaver

£10.60

Robert Settle

A very worthy cause.

£10.60

Geoff Davis

Good luck, Paul.

£10.60

Mary Gill

Nice work sir!

£10.60

Ash St John Claire

BZ Paul

£10

Yvonne

£10

Eileen Curtis

Good luck from one of Lynda's clients.

£5.30

Florin Bailey

£5

Henry Newbury