04 August 2017

War graves gardener selected for Team GB

CWGC gardener Wayne (Harry) Harrod has been selected for the GB Cycling Team for next month’s Invictus Games.

Harry (as he likes to be known) was named as a non-traveling reserve in May, but this week received a call informing him he will be representing Great Britain in the games to be held in Toronto, Canada, from 23-30 September.

Speaking about the news, Harry said: “When I started this venture it seemed a tall order to achieve as the standard of other riders is very high, but it was amazing to do the training with fellow injured veterans. To now be selected to represent Great Britain in the Invictus Games is an honour.”

A former Colour Sergeant in the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, Harry had a leg amputated in 2004 after he was hit by a 10 ½ ton Spartan tracked reconnaissance vehicle. He stayed in the army until 2011 before joining the CWGC via the Poppy Factory’s mentoring programme in 2012. The programme enabled Harry to work with the CWGC while studying for his horticultural diplomas from the RHS. He’s now responsible for more than 1,000 war graves at Cambridge.

Harry initially got into cycling to keep fit and ease the cost on commuting, but as the months went by he started to do more and more miles. He now averages more than 150 miles a week and more than 200 when he’s training for races.

Last weekend, Harry took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise more than £800 for The Poppy Factory.

During 2016, he also rode in a number of marathon cycling events – raising funds for The Poppy Factory and Blesma – the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association.

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