Martin McConnell Wiki – Martin McConnell Biography
Martin McConnell, a 50-year-old Army veteran and charity fundraiser, was killed after he crashed his powerful turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa at Terminal Velocity in Norfolk. Police and paramedics were called to the airfield at around 11am after Mr McConnell crashed while trying to beat the high speed, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr McConnell served in the Royal Corps of Transport and in 2015 set up a support group for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, called Exforces PTSD, which raises money for families of ex-servicemen and women to go on holidays. Mr McConnell also travelled across Europe to deliver aid to Ukraine, after the Russian invasion. His family and friends paid tribute, with his son saying on Facebook that while he knew the risks of motorcycling, he ‘never saw this day coming’. It is not known how fast Mr McConnell was going at the time of the crash, but he was at the event to try and break the runways previous speed record of just under 200mph.
Martin McConnell was 50 years old.
Martin McConnell Death
For his efforts raising more than £33,000 and funding 25 holidays to Jersey, Mr. McConnell was nominated for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year Award in 2018. Mr. McConnell, of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, had his motorcycle emblazoned with the name of his race team Ex Forces PTSD Racing. Terminal Velocity, at Tibenham Airfield, in Norwich, Norfolk, features a ‘rolling half mile’ at which those taking part drive along the runway at high speeds. Following his death, his son, Jamie, posted a tribute on social media.
He wrote: ‘None of this seems real, but we all know the risks taken when competing in motorcycle racing. Unfortunately, today is a day I never saw coming. We have lost my dad Martin McConnell in a high-speed crash at Tibenham Airfield. ‘I am lost for words at the minute. I know for a fact he died smiling and doing what he loved. RIP dad, I will never forget you. The memories we have will live on forever in our hearts.’ Norfolk Police said it was called to assist ambulance staff with what it described as a single-vehicle collision which led to a motorcyclist aged in his 50s dying at the scene. The force added: ‘Officers attended and carried out initial enquiries and will be working with South Norfolk Council. A file will be prepared for the Health and Safety Executive.