Base team raise nearly £5,000 with 40-mile charity walk
On your marks … Naval Base team who took part in the walk.
Personnel from HM Naval Base Clyde recently headed from Faslane to Cumbria to take part in this year’s Keswick to Barrow Walk.
The event challenges participants to cover the 40 miles between Keswick and Barrow in just one day and some 18 staff from the Naval Base took part to raise funds for a number of charities.
Taking part for the first time on May 15 were the Base’s Warrant Officer 1 Hughie Welsh and Chief Petty Officer Steve Irvine, both from the operational manpower cell at Clyde.
Hughie said: “I have always enjoyed a challenge and the fact that there were so many different departments form across the Base pulling together for various good causes made the blisters worthwhile.”
Those taking part included Royal Navy personnel, Royal Marines, MOD employees, staff from Lockheed Martin UK Strategic Systems, SERCO, Babcock and HMS Neptune Volunteer Band. Together they raised £4,700 with donations still coming in.
One of the event’s corporate sponsors, Lockheed Martin UK Strategic Systems’ Head of Assurance James Richards, said: “I had the easy job this year of standing at the finishing line to present medals to many of the 2,500 competitors. I was particularly delighted to welcome home the Clyde team when they made it back to Barrow.”
The Keswick to Barrow Walk began in 1966 following a statement by the then US President John F. Kennedy that “every American should be capable of walking 50 miles a day”.
At that time HMS Resolution was under construction at the Barrow shipyard and several Americans were involved in the project. Shipyard workers and the crew of HMS Resolution were challenged by their colleagues to form a team to walk from Keswick to Barrow with the first event held on April 1, 1967.
This year the charities benefiting from the Clyde team’s efforts included: the Beatson Cancer Charity, the RNLI, Erskine, the Stroke Association, Arthritis Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, Combat Stress and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).
There is still time to donate. Visit the events page at: www.keswick2barrow.co.uk/home to find out more.
AND IT’S GUNS ON THE RUN …
HMS Neptune’s Field Gun crew are set to wow spectators in Helensburgh next Tuesday (May 22) when they bring the thrills and spills of the Naval Field Gun to the town. The team will hold a public demonstration of the age-old naval tradition in the car park at Helensburgh Swimming Pool with the main event at 5.30pm on the day. The event is being held in preparation for the Brickwood Field Gun competition at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire on June 2 and will give the local team the opportunity to showcase their skills. The free event in Helensburgh will see the 18-strong team of serving personnel run, dismantle, reassemble and fire an antique field gun in as quick a time as possible, re-enacting the moment in 1899 when the Naval Brigade went to the aid of the Army during the second Boer War. Also attending will be the West of Scotland Military Wives Choir; the Royal Navy bomb disposal experts from Northern Diving Group, who will be running a display; Helensburgh Fire Brigade, and the Submarine recruitment team. Don’t miss the chance to witness this fantastic event!