Richard Burns Memorial Rally
The weekend of 13th / 14th August saw the runway’s and perimeter track at RAF Marham transformed into a multi-stage tarmac rally for the 4th Richard Burns Memorial Rally.
The event, held in conjunction with the Kings Lynn and District Motor Club, had over 125 entrants from across the country competing over challenging stages of 12 – 14 miles.
The highlight for many of the competitors this year was the chance to test their skills and compete alongside Kris Meeke and Dani Sordi from the MINI World Rally Championship Team.
The rally was set up as a memorial to Richard Burns, the first Englishman to win the World Rally Championship back in 2001. Richard visited RAF Marham in 2000 and completed a sortie in a Tornado GR4 alongside Sqn Ldr Tim Rust. In reciprocation, Richard gave RAF Marham personnel stage rides in a Subaru Impreza World Rally Car. One of those was Sgt Chris Daykin, the brainchild behind the Memorial Rally. This meeting inspired Chris to take up the sport of rallying. Tragically Richard died from a brain tumour in 2005, four years to the day after taking the title of World Rally Champion.
The money raised from the event is split between the Richard Burns Foundation, a charity that supports the Brain and Spine Foundation to create a nationwide network of brain centres in the UK, and RAF Charities including the RAF Benevolent Fund and RAFA, both of which have directly supported RAF Marham personnel and their families. To date the Richard Burns Memorial Rally has raised over £90,000.