My name is Chris Laycock. I am 57 this year and spent 35 years working for Hampshire Constabulary. I now live in Lincolnshire, as we needed a bungalow and I use a wheelchair to get about. My wife Jo and our 2 Spaniels accompany me on my travels.

My Father spent 30 years with the RAF and worked within Bomber Command on 15 Squadron on Victors, 44 squadron on Vulcans and was Station Commander at RAF Waddington at the time of The Falklands War.   When Dad retired he worked for 7 AEF giving cadets experience flights. Most recently he helped crew XM655, an Avro Vulcan, doing fast taxis at the wings and wheels at Wellesborne, Mountford.

In 1997 I was diagnosed with MS and I have been raising money for MS Society on a number of occasions

In 2020 I set myself a double challenge. Due to lock down.  Use our local tracks and paths and travel the equivalent distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats.  Also lose weight from 115 kilos to 100 kilos.  I used an App called Map my tracks to check my daily mileage and a calorie controlled diet to help with the weight loss.
Having completed the mileage I reset the journey to go from John O’Groats to the summit of Ben Nevis a further 186 miles.  I also reached 100 kg and reset to 95 kg. I hit 95 kg and I am close to 90 kg.   In all I have lost 7 stones, a third of my body weight.

We completed both these tasks and raised £1133.04 for the MS Society.

We then decided we would do a challenge for 2021/2022.  A friend put me in touch with Veterans in Action, a charity that helps veterans suffering from PTSD.  I worked out a 12 leg route starting at the Commando’s Memorial at Spean Bridge, Scotland and finishing at the Royal Navy Memorial in Portsmouth, a distance of 1036 miles, again hoping to raise £1000.  Each of the legs is to another Memorial or museum.  There are so many it was difficult to choose.   We have tried to include all services, including the Police, in the challenge.

We have just finished the 1st Leg of 136 miles to the Scottish National war memorial and are now travelling the 2nd Leg to the IBCC 285 miles.

If you can support John in his fundraising, please click here

Recent posts

The final stretch – Day three of the Dinghy Young cycle trip to Holland

This week, seven cyclists have undertaken an approximately 300-mile journey in honour of Dinghy Young, his crew, and the rest of the Dambusters who gave their life during the legendary Möhne Dam raid. To commemorate their victory and sacrifice, we’ve organised for Dinghy and his crew’s silhouettes from our famous ‘Men of the Dams’ art […]

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Making steady progress – Day two of the Dinghy Young cycle trip to Holland

Returning our Dambuster silhouettes to their home, here we talk you through the second day of an RAF cycling challenge we’ve helped to organise that sees seven members of the RAF cycle from the IBCC to Castricum aan Zee in Holland to honour the Dambusters Dinghy Young and his crew who lost their lives during […]

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And they’re off! Day one blog of the Dinghy Young cycle trip to Holland

Returning some of our Dambuster silhouettes to their home, here we talk you through the first day of an RAF cycling challenge we’ve helped to organise that sees seven members of the RAF cycle from the IBCC to Castricum aan Zee in Holland. The team will be taking the central silhouettes of our Men of […]

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