It was definitely a case of best foot forward as a team of 7 members from Fleet Information Operations Centre (UK) (FIOC (UK)) spent 3 days at the end of April walking 100 miles from Scarborough back to RAF Digby.

The team, who are all from FIOC (UK) which is a Royal Navy Unit based in RAF Digby and a sub-unit of the Maritime Information Exploitation Group (MIXG) based in HMS Collingwood, were keen to mark the historic 100th Army v Navy rugby match and to support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) which distributes funds to support sailors, marines and their families. Specifically, the team were taking part in the Twickenham100 campaign

WO1 (CT) King, WO2 (RMCT) Airey, CPO (CT) Hooper (US Navy), CPO (CT) Davies, CPO (CT) Jozwik, PO (CT) Grieve and PO (CT) Jacobs, walked from RAF Staxton Wold, near Scarborough, back to their base at RAF Digby, near Lincoln, with night-stops at Middleton Army Barracks and RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey. PO Wimble, as the teams support driver, became the eighth member of the team.

WO2 Danny Airey mapped out the route and, on the eve of their first day’s walking, the team prepared in an informal style by enjoying the ales at the local pub!

The walk itself began in beautiful sunshine but the team’s resolve was soon tested when the weather changed and they endured hail, sleet, thunder and lightning before ending the first day at Middleton Army Barracks. Day two included a yomp instigated by Royal Marine WO2 Airey but on day three the team saw the finish line in sight as they finally made it back to RAF Digby.

Commander Roger Noyce MBE RN, Commanding Officer of the Maritime Information Exploitation Group acknowledged the effort put in by his team saying, ‘I am immensely proud of this small team who have used their initiative, leadership and outstanding mental and physical stamina, to overcome blisters and British weather to raise a significant sum for the RNRMC.’

Having endured 100 miles of stiffness, blisters, pain and variable weather the gallant team raised nearly £2000 for RNRMC with the total on their fundraising web page still increasing.

We would like to thank the team for their incredible fundraising efforts! Please support the team and