Field gun final will be highlight of HMS Collingwood open day

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LIFTING a one-tonne gun the size of a Mini Cooper into the air, these elite competitors are super fit.

Thousands of people are expected at HMS Collingwood in Fareham on Saturday to watch the final of the impressive annual Royal Navy Field Gun competition.

HMS Collingwood Field Gun race between Collingwood A and B teams for the Interpart Fieldgun trophy. Pictured is Team B''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131453-1)

HMS Collingwood Field Gun race between Collingwood A and B teams for the Interpart Fieldgun trophy. Pictured is Team B''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131453-1)

In the competition, 18 team members compete to assemble an antique field gun and run with it.

At one point, the whole gun has to be lifted off the ground.

And yesterday teams A and B at HMS Collingwood took part in an in-house contest for the Interpart Fieldgun Trophy, which was won by Team A.

Petty Officer Physical Trainer Jamie Stickley, trainer for HMS Collingwood’s A team, said: ‘It’s a great team sport.

‘Having run myself, I know it is an amazing sport.

‘It’s also a chance to show off to your friends and family.’

Mine Warfare Instructor Gemma Moore runs with the Maritime Reserves, although she had to step back due to breaking her hand in competition.

She said: ‘The atmosphere is fantastic. The camaraderie of it all is brilliant. When you march on everybody claps you on, it’s great.’

Gemma said that there are lots of etiquettes in field gun, such as no swearing, spitting and asking permission before walking on to the court.

She also said that it was not uncommon for people to injure themselves as it is easy to get ‘caught up in the moment’.

This year, 20 teams will be competing for the title.

Last year’s winners HM Naval Base Portsmouth, will compete against teams from HMS Collingwood, HMS Sultan and others.

HM Naval Base Portsmouth set the current record of 1min 17.78 secs in 2010.

HMS Collingwood is hosting the final as part of its open day, which will see the base packed with activities.

Tickets to the open day cost £8 adult and £5 for a child on the door.

Tickets can be bought in advance for £6 adult, child £4, from the tourist information offices and The News offices in Fareham and Gosport.

Also from the CAF office at HMS Sultan. Doors open 9.30am.

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