Charity bike ride marks moment in history

18 May 2012

Worth Matravers To Malvern Bike Ride Marks 70th Anniversary of Radar Research Arriving In Malvern

A twelve man team from QinetiQ in Malvern are undertaking a 150 mile bike ride to raise money for Help for Heroes on the 70th anniversary of commencing defence research activity in Malvern. The bike ride will begin on Wednesday 23 May from Worth Matravers in Dorset arriving in Malvern on the afternoon of Thursday 24 May.

The ride commemorates the 70th anniversary of the relocation of the Telecommunication Research Establishment from Dorset to Malvern College. The move, in 1942, was in response to the successful British commando raid to seize a German radar from Bruneval in northern France. It was thought prudent to move British radar research inland to prevent a counter attack.

Mark Roberts Cyber Vigilance Practice Lead, from QinetiQ said,

“As a company we wanted to do our part to help remember and praise our brave servicemen and women and also mark a significant date in history for our company and the town of Malvern. And what better way to trace the movement of radar technology and research scientists from Dorset to Malvern 70 years ago to the day and that QinetiQ can trace its association with Malvern back to this movement of technology from one location to another.”

The team, comprising of Giles Bond, Andy Beck, Mark Roberts, Neil Fairbairn, Mark Sharman, Steve Harman, Vince Bush, Robin Dickson, Guy Williams, Mark Walbridge, John Betterton and Royston Edwards (all QinetiQ employees), will be raising money for Help for Heroes, a QinetiQ corporately supported charity, and are hoping to raise over £3,000.

The team will assemble on the evening of Tuesday 22 May at the Radar Memorial at Worth Matravers, Dorset for a team photo before heading out the next morning. The team will call in at Ministry of Defence (MoD), Abbey Wood on the Thursday morning and be joined by a number of MoD customers for the ride to Malvern, which they hope to reach by 3.30 pm. During the ride the team will be tracked using Bushman Asset Tracking, a QinetiQ technology with providing colleagues back at Malvern with regular updates

Since 1942 Malvern has become a centre for radar development with expertise in both ground based and airborne radar systems. A recent example is the Alarm radar system which aims to significantly reduce casualties from low level rocket attacks. Other developments at Malvern over the years have included Air Traffic Control Systems, the development of Liquid Crystal Displays used widely today in TVs and smart phones and thermal imaging cameras. The site also proudly claims to be the place where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth sent her first email.

The public is invited to help the team along their way and raise money for Help for Heroes, by visiting the website at or simply text GTCH50 followed by a space then £x where x is the sum they would like to donate to 70070 to make a donation.

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Back (From Left to Right) Giles Bond, Mark Walbridge, Vince Bush, Mark Roberts, Mark Sharman, Neil Fairbairn, Steve Harman
Front (From Left to Right) Robin Dixon, Andy Beck, Guy Williams
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Charity bike ride marks moment in history