Marines' ride pays tribute to their mate.
The idea was born out of a conversation between two keen motorcyclists, originally from Newcastle - Sgt Manuel and Major Gary Giles, during the Commandoes' recent tour of Afghanistan. Sgt Manuel was killed in action in Helmand Province but it was decided the motorcycle tour with 25 riders should go ahead in his memory.
The tour will leave RM Condor, the home of 45 Commando in Arbroath, take in the west coast of Scotland, the Defence School of Transport in Leconsfield, Yorkshire, and the Royal Marines Reserves Unit in Newcastle, before heading back to Arbroath.
Major Giles said: "Sgt Manuel was a real character who loved his motorbike, and was known to us all.
"It seemed very fitting to raise money in memory of our fatalities, with this event, and to honour all our fallen comrades during recent conflicts overseas." To donate go to www.justgiving.
com/45-Commando-RM-Memori-al-Motorcycle-Marathon and www.justgiving.
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Oct 5, 2009|
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