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● The March against Cancer team with PO Sharon-Anne Connell-Malcolm and representatives of the Harbour Cancer Support Centre at HMS Victory at the end of a 30-hour non-stop 100-mile walk around Hampshire


THE gym in RFA Lyme Bay in Bahrain was full every morning from six o’clock as sailors bagged one of the three exercise bikes and pedalled their way to Faslane.

The 14 men and one woman from the First Mine Counter Measures Squadron (three of whom are pictured above), stationed in Bahrain as the UK’s on-call Mine Warfare Battle Staff, decided to take up the charity challenge in aid of Canine Partners, the charity which trains dogs to help disabled people. The aim was to run, row and

cycle the distance from their home port of Faslane to Bahrain – a distance of 8,055 miles – during a 33-day operation. With a team of 15, that worked out at between 15 and 18 miles a day for each member, using the gym of Lyme Bay, the support ship where they were living and working.

A NON-STOP 100-mile walk across Hampshire by Naval personnel has raised thousands of pounds for a

Don’t mention the walk

local cancer charity. CPO(CS) Dave ‘Bevs’ Bevington and his team of walkers covered 100 miles in just under 30 hours – raising money for the Harbour Cancer Support Centre in Gosport. “That was

an incredible 29

Lt Jim Screen, of MCM1 said: “Time and machines were at a premium, but I’m glad to say we achieved the challenge.” To donate, go to MCM1CHALLENGE2010

hours,” said Dave. “We started at 6am – someone was smiling on us as the weather was superb that day and the sun was shining.” All but one of the walkers made it safely to the finish line, but the darkest hours – literally and figuratively – were around the market town of Romsey (see picture right).

The relentless walking got the better of team member CPO Phil Ludgrove, who was already suffering with a chest infection, on the long dark drag into Romsey; and to the shock of everyone he passed out. An ambulance was called, and despite Phil’s determination to get back on the walk, he was taken away and treated for dehydration. During the long walk, spirits

were kept high by a number of methods.

Bill Beaney was, according to

Fun at the Farm

The College Farm, a pub in Wiltshire near Shrivenham Defence Academy, raised nearly £3,000 with a fun day in aid of Help for Heroes and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust. The day was organised by Andy and Debbie Jordan, the pub’s managers, on behalf of the Royal Marines’ Association. They were helped by many of the people who man the vigil points along the 47-mile repatriation route from RAF Lyneham through Wootton Bassett to Oxford, along which the sad procession of funeral corteges travel with their military casualties. Thames Valley Police and Fire

Brigade turned up to display their emergency vehicles, which proved a popular attraction for children and their parents. The Defence Academy held a display of deactivated small arms. Two small woollen figures

(pictured above), knitted by Doreen Skelt, of Shrivenham, proved a great draw on one of the stalls. The Royal Marine with a poorly leg and an RN rating with an injured arm were much admired and were donated as raffle prizes.

Dave Bevington, “the master of the one-liner” – despite the fact that the joke might have been heard once or twice before on their training walks. Logs Leanne Ware amused her audience with ‘factoids’ that she’d amassed of the places along their path – Dave again: “We were looking for a windmill for 13 miles... “We did point out to her that

either we were in the wrong place or the fact was wrong.” Leanne’s other means of keeping fellow walkers

her distracted

was less intentional; she was the only walker using an iPod – “and didn’t we know it? Her singing was ‘interesting’...” And while an iPod can hold a phenomenal amount of music, it seems that Leanne’s principally contained repeated versions of Annie Lennox’ Walking on Broken Glass.

Which no matter how many times her audience heard Leanne’s distinctive rendition, they still

failed to recognise the

similarities to the Scottish singer’s voice. “Leanne is a truly shocking singer,” we are told. Dave’s White Ensign also added some challenge, as it made the occasional break for freedom, jumping ship to a bramble bush. Dave commented: “I would have

hated to have walked back into Portsmouth under a broomstick. “That

would have been

embarrassing...” Along the route, the walkers enjoyed the support of the public –

a welcoming crowd cheered them into Petersfield, white van man honked his horn on encountering them on the roadsides, drivers and householders tossed donations into their collecting buckets along the way.

The goal was to raise £6,000,

and Dave is confident that they are most of the way there, and is hoping to beat that total. The inspiration for the walk

was PO Sharon-Anne Malcolm- Connell.

Sharon-Anne was

diagnosed with cancer five years ago, and despite treatment and operations, her condition is now terminal.

Sharon-Anne took part in the Race for Life on Southsea Common this summer, and her determination to fight on inspired the walkers to keep going. Dave said: “Every step of it was

worth it. I’d still be walking now if I thought it would cure Sharon’s condition.”

Sharon-Anne met the team of

walkers at HMS Collingwood, and walked the last seven miles with them back to Portsmouth. Dave said of the final yards: “I

was in bits. It was dead emotional. Even more so when we got back to Victory and there were people clapping us in.” The Naval Base Commander, Cdre Robert Thompson,


other officers, along with friends and family were waiting at HMS Victory to welcome the team home.

The team of walkers – CPO Bevington, CPO(CS) Dave Pride, LLogs Baz Paterson, CPO(CS) Phil Ludgrove,

Sgt Shaun

Rowcroft, PO(CS) Anthony ‘Scouse’ Kenny, Bill Beaney (of BAE Systems), Logs(CS) Leanne Ware – were assisted by MA Leanne Sandford, Logs Charlie Boyce and LLogs Mark Robbie in the support vehicle. Show your support online

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● Rangers FC cheerleaders lend their support to Scott and Travis

ROYAL MARINES from the Fleet Protection Group in Clyde Naval Base have been lending their support to guide dog owner Scott Cunningham, recently named fundraiser of the year. Scott and his trusty dog Travis have raised more than £100,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind. As reported in Navy News, he visited the base last year along with a new guide dog puppy, Royal, named after the Corps. Scott’s latest fund-raising venture was the Travis Trek Ball, held at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel in September. It was organised with help from the Fleet Protection Group and proceeds were split between the RM Charitable Trust Fund and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

RMs shall go to the ball

Deeps seek peaks

FOUR submariners from HMNB Clyde turned their backs on the depths to seek the heights of the Three Peaks Challenge. Lt Damien Ralls, WO2 Dave and

Wynne, CPOET Craig

Richardson were joined by POET Adam Gooding as driver (pictured together above) to raise money for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust, which provides respite care for children and support for their families. The unpredictability of the

weather was a challenge for the team, who started out from the base of Ben Nevis at 5pm hoping that they might escape the rain. Craig said: “But a cold front

was moving in and we knew the weather would be against us – as we found out later.”

When the trio returned from the peak, they refused to believe their driver’s description of mini- tornados, until they saw the greenery littering the roads. The drive

to Scafell offered

a chance to grab some shut- eye before starting up the next peak at 2.30am, and running the gauntlet of grumpy cows in the pitch black. Last but not least was Snowdon, where the weather brightened to offer the team a brief glimpse of sunshine. Craig

said: “We ran the

last quarter mile to ensure we finished our challenge in under 22 hours. “We crossed the line with tired bodies and a sense of achievement in 21hrs 59mins 42secs.”

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