RAF Honington Civil Servant; Viking Veteran takes on His World Record for charity

Wayne Harrod (52) of Logistics Support Flight (LSF) is taking on his UCI Para cyclist MC4 (low limb disability category) Hour World Record at Derby Velodrome on 15 Jan 2022.

Wayne served 24yrs in 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment The Vikings, and was injured back in 2001 whilst on Salisbury plain training for the Battalion’s deployment to Afghanistan in early 2002. This resulted in him self-electing to have an amputation on the left leg below the knee after long term rehabilitation in 2004. 

A keen cyclist who competes at a high level in the Para series and National and International races, Wayne started working at RAF Honington in Feb 2021, after 8 years working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as a gardener at Cambridge, Newmarket Road Cemetery. Due to sustaining injuries from an RTA whilst on his road bike training for the World Championships in May 2021 and part of his recovery and quality of life change, Wayne became a civil servant working at RAF Honington. With the career change it has helped with recovery as he is able to use all the resources to aid his rehabilitation.

As part of the long road to recovery Wayne has always felt it’s good to give something back to those that have helped. Now that he is stronger and back on the bike, he has now decided to take on his UCI Para MC4 Hour World Record for a National Para MC4 Record to raise funds for Combat2Coffee which is a project which was set up by a fellow Viking, Nigel Seaman, founder of Combat2Coffee. Wayne served with Nigel, also an amputee and whom has now opened his second Combat2Coffee Café in Guildhall Street in Bury St Edmunds, the first being opened in Ipswich.

The distance Wayne needs to cover is further than his already successful world record of 26.4 miles. Wayne said: “What has helped with the challenge to go ahead is the help I’ve received within LSF and clothing department, with time to recover. Looking after my injuries has helped my mind set to focus on my training within the gym and out on the Airstrip on the bike. The Hour Record itself is the most prestigious event undertaken by an individual on a bike, it takes everything out of you and the pain it causes on the body of being able to hold position and keep pace takes you to a dark place but worth everything when it’s for a fellow Viking and the help to Veterans that the 2 cafes provide as walk-in centres with all the help and contacts for individuals asking for help.”

“What would be good is to get as much support for the night on the 15 Jan 2022, it’s a lonely place on the boards, good support and doing the attempt together will help for an Epic ride.”

Wayne has a just giving page set up for donations as he is self-funding the event, all proceeds go to Combat2Coffee; https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wayne-harrod-3