Simon Allen (Si) (UK Lead Organiser)
Ex REME WO2 (CSM), 24 year veteran having left the service in 2014.
I first rode the AMRR in 2011 to take part in an unusual event, as a new member of the RBLR at the time I had never been on a mass ride out.
450 bikes of all styles and makes, trikes, scooters and some vintage under police escort through the University city of Cambridge to the only American War Cemetery of its kind in the UK, all on a gloriously sunny day, “I was hooked”. Waving to the bystanders on the bridges and streets, riding through red lights, letting the straight pipes bark to amuse me and the kids watching, a different ride and spectacle to popping over to the coast for fish and chips.
The service is for me a private moment in a very public arena, reinforcing the driving ethos of the Legion, it will be a different thing for all who attend to pay respects and show solidarity.
I chose to top the day off with a Burger and libation at the Horseshoes before heading home.
So this became an annual event for me and soon involved the other half as pillion, both of us stepping into the organisation of the event as Marshalls, just helping out some friends (as you do). Now with the continued assistance from the Cambridgeshire Police, Xtra, RBLR members, I am privileged to run the event and every year I am humbled by the support given and attendance at the ride.
“Come and experience it, there's not another like it”
Trev Eves (UK Head Marshal/UK Organiser)
Ex-RN CPO 22-year Veteran (and 2 years as a Pte in the MPGS!).
I’ve been riding bikes, like many of us, since I shouldn’t have been, ragging an old Honda Cub around a muddy field as a kid (falling off a lot) – you know the story.
I first rode in the AMRR when it was called the AWC, I think there were about 70 of us (which we thought was a great turnout). To see what we’ve grown to now is amazing.
I’ve been helping where I can ever since, mostly as “Mr NCP” on the day and parking up all the bikes with my son and others, under Sue’s excellent leadership of the Marshals Team. It has a little daunting to take up the flag in her place (last year was a bit of a learning curve for me) but we have a fantastic group organising behind the scenes and the greatest Marshals who turn up every year and do their best to make sure your experience is as smooth and organised as possible on the day.
Ride Safe, Remember and Enjoy.
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.