Join the Ring of Red ride

‘This year is spe­cial as it’s the 100th an­niver­sary of WW1 end­ing’ Huge re­mem­brance Sun­day ride­out tar­gets M25 and M60

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Content - By Matt Wildee SE­NIOR ED­I­TOR

Thou­sands are set to par­tic­i­pate in a ride­out to com­mem­o­rate fallen sol­diers this Re­mem­brance Sun­day. The Ring of Red is one of the big­gest re­mem­brance ride­outs in the UK, with routes planned on the M25 around Lon­don and the M60 around Manch­ester where rid­ers at­tempt to recre­ate a poppy by en­cir­cling the cities.

Rid­ers are en­cour­aged to wear red as a mark of re­spect and to help to cre­ate the ring of red as they lap the mo­tor­way. You can join the run at nine points along the way on the M25. The M60 run meets at Birch Ser­vices.

Last year saw a swathe of pa­tri­otic mem­bers at­tend­ing. “I did it last year,” said Honda VFR750 rider Mike Britt. “I started down at South Mimms on the A1 and rode in me­mory of my grandad, Tom Britt, who was in­jured in the Bat­tle of Ypres in WWI. When he was 22 he and his fel­low troops were or­dered to go over the top, into No Man’s Land, to at­tack en­emy lines, but he was shot and wounded.

“What must he have re­mem­bered from his time on the front­line in WWI? I thank­fully can­not be­gin to com­pre­hend; a brav­ery and sac­ri­fice that is be­yond most of us. The ride­out was emo­tional, as was see­ing so many other peo­ple there. From wounded ser­vice­men, to the fam­i­lies of sol­diers that are cur­rently serv­ing, to gen­eral well­wish­ers. All of it was amaz­ing and I tried to think about all of the other peo­ple that had sac­ri­ficed their lives, fight­ing for what they be­lieved in.”

R5K mem­ber Paul Ni­chol­son agreed: “It’s a great day out. There were loads of peo­ple wav­ing us on all the bridges over the mo­tor­way. This year is spe­cial as it’s the 100th an­niver­sary of WWI end­ing.”

Although the ride is free to en­ter, par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to make a do­na­tion, with money go­ing to var­i­ous vet­er­ans’ char­i­ties. If you want to take part go to your cho­sen start point at 11.30am on the Sun­day with the ride it­self get­ting rolling by 12.30pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, see www. theride­ofre­

The red sym­bol­ises the poppy Rid­ers cre­ate a ring around the mo­tor­way

Mike Britt rode last year to hon­our his grand­fa­ther who fought in WWI

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