The Summer of 2009 saw Britannia appearing at Colchester Barracks (16 Air Assault Brigade) as gladiators (Eventplan). Britannia were proud to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Army Benevolent Fund following our historical demonstration.
Retired serviceman Derek Clow of Britannia is seen here handing over our
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In the summer of 2010 Britannia members Bryan Lightbody and Dan Shadrake joined members of the Metropolitan Police for a 5k run in Roman armour around Hyde Park in aid of Help for Heroes.
"Modern running gear was worn under the armour, the kit's weight didn't present a problem but even with modern fabrics, the heat being reflected back into the body trunk and head made the exercise far tougher than I'd anticipated, the coppers coped excellently, but they're used to running in body armour, you've got to admire them for that."
In April 2011 friend of Britannia Tim Rees ran the London Marathon as a Roman legionary.
He did it in aid of the Welsh Guards charity (website at
"I did it in sandals! I used ones that didn¹t have a hobnail base and
were surprisingly hardy and comfortable. The woollen tunic worked
brilliantly, when soaked, at keeping me cool whilst all around me people
were puffing and panting and fretting about the heat. The segmented armour
was comfortable and I can imagine that if tailored a little it would have
been fine to wear in all sorts of circumstances.