Proud sponsors of The Royal Navy Field Gun crew of Northwood Head Quarters
The historic competition features 20 crews from across the UK, Gibraltar and Naples competing for the coveted Brickwoods Trophy.
The competition is fast and furious and requires 18-man teams to run, dismantle, reassemble and fire the gun in the shortest possible time, in heats of 6 crews at a time. It is a competition that supports and is closely associated with the help for heroes and other forces charities.
The training is relentless, arduous and certainly not for the faint hearted, broken bones and loss of fingers are not uncommon.
The competition is held to uphold the values of The Royal Navy (although teams from the Army and RAF may participate), strength, courage, teamwork, commitment and determination. It is considered unanimously to be the toughest team sport in the world bar none. Strength, stamina, and great team work are essential in this challenge.
Only around 350 service personnel from across the three services, annually make the grade and get to compete for the prestigious Brickwoods trophy. HMS Heron triumphed on the day but the Northwood HQ team did Bewire proud on their first time ever entering the event and came second in the plate final.
Thankfully the team ended the day with no more than cut knuckles, bruises and very weary legs.