RTTW – Ride To The Wall 2010

A emotional  spectacle and a amazing opportunity for bikers all over the UK to pay their respects to those who have fallen since WWII.

As predicted, RTTW 3 was the biggest yet, with over 4,000 bikes pre-registered. The organisers did a great job of marshalling the event and the speeches and messages at the National Memorial Arboretum were very moving.

These include an address from fellow biker and patron of RTTW, Major General Lamont Kirkland CBE, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, and a message from the wife of the UK Task Force Commander in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Last years’s amount of £30,000 raised for the Arboretum will be easily surpassed this year. A good day in lovely weather .

It is estimated that up to 8,000 bikers made their way to the memorial attraction as part of the third annual Ride to the Wall (RTTW) event. RTTW is a unique event which gives bikers an opportunity to gather together to pay their respects to serving and fallen service men and women, along with raising cash solely for the purpose of maintaining their memory and recognizing the sacrifice made.

Hogsback Chapter started very early in the morning at 6:45 am near Guildford to arrive at Drayton Manor early.

M25 – M40 we were eating miles on the highways for this 317 mile roundtrip


arrival at Dayton Manor

It took more the 1 hour to get all bikes moving

The Hogsback Road Crew rode out with many other Marshals ahead of the main ride to cover all the roundabouts, intersections and pedestrian crossings on the 18 mile route to the National Memorial Arboretum.

a very unique trike…

Dik

Roger

Robin

A team of uniformed Royal Military Police outriders accompanied them on the 17-mile ride from Drayton Manor Park near Tamworth. Other bikers included the Harley Owners Groups and the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

Andrew Baud, of the Royal British Legion, said: “We had the support of an enormous number of bikers and they created an amazing spectacle as they processed slowly through the countryside. You could hear the bikes coming a long time before you saw them and it took nearly three hours to get them all parked. The event was a chance for the motorcycle community to show their respects to the Armed Forces and, in doing so, they have also raised a very significant sum for the Arboretum. Many travelled hundreds of miles to be there and our sincere thanks go to everyone.”

National Memorial Arboretum

View all 88 pictures of the RTTW in high definition here:

Art Bleiglass - View my 'RTTW - Ride To The Wall' set on Flickriver

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One Response to “RTTW – Ride To The Wall 2010”

  1. Looks like a great time, kiddo. That 1st shot is pretty great.

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