Team “Mine Warfare” – charity bike ride
In July 2011, eight personnel from the Mine Warfare Operational Training Centre, HMS COLLINGWOOD completed a gruelling 1200 mile relay cycle tour of the thirteen towns and villages from which the HUNT Class MCMVs gained their names.
It was the idea of WO1(MW) Wayne ‘Pony’ Moore and in addition to being a team building event they decided to use the occasion to raise funds for Project Vernon and the RN & RM Charities.
The riders were set off on 19 July by Commodore Tim Lowe Royal Navy, head of the Maritime Warfare School at HMS COLLINGWOOD. The teams were afforded a huge amount of hospitality by the various villagers and associated hunts and along the way they were supported on the road by a team led by Taff Reader and Nobby Clark. The actual riders were Ben Piper, Pinta Beer, Alan Bradley (BAe Systems), Lt Cdr Bill Kerr, WO1(MW) Pony Moore, Gemma Moore (BAE Systems) Chris Bamber and Joe Lyons. The event completed at the crane in Gunwharf Quays where Commodore Tim Lowe, members of Project Vernon, families and friends met the riders and cheered them on for the very last few metres of the ride. There were many tales to tell which came out at the presentation of the cheques.
The riders raised over £1800 for Project Vernon for which we are most grateful . There are plans for a second event in 2012 where the cyclists will tour all the villages and towns from which the SANDOWN Class get their names. Any volunteers??