Si Allen (UK Lead Organiser)
Bio to follow!
Sue Merry (UK Head Marshal/UK Organiser)
Hi, I’m Sue Merry. I was given a moped for my 16th birthday, a Raleigh moped that I painted purple & orange, but gave it up when I joined the WRAF a year later. I had a couple of happy years as a Ground Electrician but left after three & a half years – hind-sight is a wonderful thing. In 2003 some ‘girls’ in my street were learning to ride motorbikes & I said I wish I’d done it years before, as I was too old to start ‘now’; they persuaded me to have a go (it didn’t take much!) & less than 6 months later I passed my test first time. I bought the TDM 900, which I still have, when my two-year restricted licence was up. Since joining the RBLR in Sept 07 I have ridden many miles including the Saddlesore in June 2009; a life-changing moment :O)
I attended the first AMRR as Cambridgeshire Rep, helping at the RV, and I have been ‘chief’ marshal since.
I love being part of an event that is so much fun yet has such a sobering reason to be part of. Remembering the Allied Forces is something that often gets forgotten. If you join this ride please take the time to look around the cemetery while you are there.
I look forward to meeting & greeting you but please don’t expect me to remember all your names :O) Ride safe x
Geoff Dodgson (UK Chaplain)
Hi, my name is Geoff Dodgson and amongst other things, a Church of England Reader and the Hon Rural Officer for the Diocese of Ely. A country boy through and through, you may wonder why I am involved in the ride when I am more at home using a gun to shoot rabbits? Simple - I come from a military family and Dad was a Regimental Sergeant Major in the Royal Artillery. My early boyhood toys were real 25 pound field guns and Mk1 Landrovers. So I have some understanding, not to mention huge respect, for those who serve in the armed forces. It is an honour to act as chaplain to the UK branch of AMRR and to lead worship at Madingley each year. I find it amazing and
evocative setting to thank God for all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice - giving their tomorrow for our today.
And, I am a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association who 'volunteered' me to lead worship on the first Cambridge, UK ride. I live a few villages west of the American Cemetry with my wife Rosemary and our two gundogs and I am a minister in four rural parishes.
Andy Campion (UK Press Officer/Media)
Hello. I’m Andy Campion although I seem to have gained a handle in the RBLR as Sticker Man. (it’s a long story) I am local to the ride having ended my time after 27 years in the Royal Air Force living in Cambridgeshire. I am a Kawasaki fan at heart owing an ER650, Z900 and W800. Sometimes it can be just the look or colour of a bike that makes me turn my head and stare, not just the noise or how fast it will go and that’s what Kawasaki’s do best. I am also a believer in garagology. This the belief that the bigger the garage the more bikes should be owned!
I joined the RBLR some years ago at a local event as I wanted to get more out of my interest of biking. I chose them mainly due to the type of things they did and the way that they support the service personnel, those both serving and those that have served. I also enjoyed meeting others who seem to have that particular service type of humour. I particularly like that I can come and attend or help at events and at the same time help to raise funds with no pressure. .
I never really realised what the British Legion did whilst I was in the mob but now I really appreciate the way they help look after people and what more their families.
I have attended a wide variety of events to support the Riders, rattled tins to raise funds, sold poppies, ran raffle events, given out stickers (yes you guessed it) and I somehow volunteered my services to come and help marshal this event, although one year I did fall off and break my wrist in the process. Recently I seem to be getting more involved, especially helping organise and advertise the event wherever and however I can. For my sins they have promoted me to Press Officer.
I am always appreciative of all the other people who come along and help and to all those from across the biking fraternity who show their support and gratitude for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. You only have to walk into Madingley and see the memorials to appreciate what those men and women gave in the name of freedom. The fact that people across several continents coming together showing their appreciation on the same day makes this a truly remarkable event unlike any other.
Its only as you get older you realise you are not immortal. Those recorded at these memorials across the world did not get the chance. They travelled to distant lands with a cause and determination and sadly never came back. We have got to remember their sacrifice.
Jon "Dino" Sore (Webmaster/Online Registration)
Hi, my name is Jon Sore although everybody knows me as Dino (pronounced deano!). I work and live in London with my clan. As a family, we enjoy bikes and the biking community as two out of three of my children also own and ride bikes. I joined the RBLR in 2008 and this will be my eleventh year running the AMRR although I have now taken a step back from the frontline and passed the UK organisation over to Si.
I was a serving member of the Armed Forces having received the Queen's shilling for the best part of 38 years, having been 'press ganged' in 1980!. I have seen active service in the Falklands, the Gulf and Northern Ireland over the years but due to a serious motorcycle accident in 2007, I have been confined to a desk job! I ride a Bandit 1200S and also own a Marauder 800, Zypher 750, CBR 600 and Jawa 350 classic.
I offered my assistance to Bob and Norman for the first AMRR (formerly known as AWC2009) and somehow won the title of 'The Third Wheel'!
I have many reasons for wanting to take part in this ride; primarely to express my gratitude and give remembrance to all those that paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today. I also like to think that I'm riding as a representative for the majority of decent people in this country to show our American cousins along with our Canadian and New Zealand brothers & sisters that we continue to remember and that we do care about those that have fallen in pursuit of freedom. Last but not least, I use this ride to remember and pay respect to our own troops and those of all our allies past and present that have, and continue, to lay down their lives.
Terry Hope (AMRR Trumpeter)
Hi I’m Terry Hope,
When I attended my first ride for the AMRR several years ago the service included an electronic recording of the last post which understandably, if that’s all you have at hand then it’s better than nothing at all! I then offered my services as trumpeter as this act of remembrance should be done where possible with a live bugler/trumpeter and it’s the least I could do to help pay respect to the brave people who gave up their lives for all of us. Hopefully my contribution gives the remembrance service the added extra to go with the words that are spoken by the chaplain and congregation. l also play the last post for other organisations throughout the year.
I’m not ex full time military but I was in the Territorial Army and also spent time working with the army and visited many of the army bases in Germany.
I ride a Honda VTX 1300 and have had bikes on and off for years. I got the bug from my Dad who told me he had three British bikes when he was a young man. When I was a boy he bought an old BSA and refurbished it and I enjoyed many rides as a pillion with him (in the days before wearing the helmet became law).