News and Media News archive 2014 Birmingham URNU braves the elements in Lake District adventurous training weekend In spite of apocalyptic weather conditions, we’re pleased to report that Birmingham University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) has recently completed an Adventurous Training Weekend to the Lake District, part funded by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC). Money from the charity helped 35 members of the URNU make the journey from inner city Birmingham to the rugged landscape of the Lake District National Park for a weekend of outdoor activities, supporting the organisation’s mission to develop the Royal Naval leaders of tomorrow. The students battled strong winds and torrential downpours as they kayaked their way down the Coniston Water, never once letting up their enthusiasm for the job at hand. “Despite the atrocious weather, every student displayed the ‘can do’ attitude of Birmingham URNU. Each student learned something new on the weekend such as improved navigation skills and put these new found skills into practice on the fells”, commented Sub-Lieutenant Mike Kenning. The URNU, which normally conducts its exercises at sea in training vessel HMS Exploit or at drill nights in the unit at HMS Forward, paid thanks to all those who made the trip possible. “Without the donations and support from the RNRMC and West Midland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, we would not have been able to run this fantastic adventurous training weekend – so thank you to those organisations. This weekend is vital to the personal development of the students in terms of team building and leadership training,” said Lieutenant Simon Shaw, Commanding Officer of Birmingham URNU and HMS Exploit.