Field gun is an old traditional Royal Navy sport. It originates from 1988, at the Second Boer War, where at the Siege of Ladysmith, the Royal Navy transported guns from the ships HMS Terrible and Powerful to the town of Ladysmith to provide support to the besieged British Army. This involved the Sailors carrying the six field guns, each weighing half a tonne, over challenging terrain.
In remembrance of this the Royal Navy since 1907, has held an annual Royal Navy Field Gun Competition which evolved into what is now called the Brickwood’s Competition. Although the competition originally was only open to only the Navy, this has changed and is now open to all British forces with the fastest time belonging to the REME of a 1.17.03. The sport has evolved for safety reasons over the years and the modern version involves a race while transporting a field gun with the physical challenges of switching the wheels, lifting the timber, and unhooking the gun. The gun must be fired off with blanks.
Because of Field Gun being such a physical sport, requiring speed, strength and power, injuries are predominantly high. The teams only have restricted access to the gun a few weeks before the competition and therefore there is a high prevalence of overuse injuries, impact, and crush injuries.