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RNLI Anstruther welcomes the Mini Clan’s ‘Thistle Run 2008’ entrants

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Paul Lewis, volunteer
Divisional Regional Relations Manager

Lifeboats News Release

  • Date:
    27/05/2008
  • Author: Paul Lewis, volunteer

RNLI Anstruther welcomes the Mini Clan’s ‘Thistle Run 2008’ entrants

On the afternoon of Sunday 25 May Anstruther residents and visitors were pleasantly surprised by the arrival of 240 Mini cars at the end of their 100 mile ‘Thistle Run 2008’. The leisurely drive which started at the Falkirk Wheel finished at Anstruther RNLI Lifeboat Station where they were warmly welcomed by RNLI members and the General Public.
 
The Thistle Run is an annual event organised by Scotland’s ‘Mini Clan’ Club (www.miniclan.com). The club have 4 ‘Thistle Run’ routes, which if plotted onto a map of Scotland would make the shape of the Saltire. Each route is run annually and in turn, which means Anstruther will hopefully welcome our friends back for a reunion in 2012.
 
Committee Member and Thistle Run organiser Rob Hurt was happy that this year was the clubs biggest and best turnout since the event started 9 years ago. Rob also added that drivers in the run were sponsored for the event and believed that in excess of £4000 had been raised to date. The money raised this year was to be divided between the Rainbow Trust, Adventure Ashram project in India and RNLI Anstruther.
 
Photograph - Anstruther RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain Stephen Small (centre) welcomes Committee member and Thistle Run organiser Rob Hurt (left) alongside his Platinum Silver coloured Mini and Thistle Run entrant John Bolbot (right) alongside Fire Red coloured Mini.  
 
 For more Information please telephone RNLI Anstruther - Lifeboat Press Officer -  Paul Lewis on 01333 312404 (Home) 07941 827821 (Mobile) or
Lifeboat Administration Officer - Roger Grundy on 01333 312447

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