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 well- wishers. 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, visit www.therideofrespect.co.uk