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Welcome to the RNLI

  • Good luck
    to our runners

    Ten inspirational people.
    Eight amazing stories of courage.
    One race.

    Discover what motivated them to take on this personal challenge. And why they're doing it to save lives at sea and on the River Thames.

    Meet our London Marathon heroes
    Just some of our incredible 2015 London Marathon heroes
  • London Marathon: Run RNLI

    It's the race of a lifetime.

    If you're lucky enough to have a place in the Virgin London Marathon, there's still time to make your place count.

    Run for us and every stride you take will save lives at sea and on the Thames.

    Join our Running Crew
    RNLI runners Ted and Joanna Samson in the 2014 Virgin London Marathon
  • Believe in you

    'Marathons are a tough challenge, but are achievable for just about anyone.'

    Two-time Olympic marathon runner and Commonwealth Games medallist Liz Yelling shares her top marathon training and running tips.

    Liz's top tips
    Olympian Liz Yelling running along Branksome Beach
  • Go Team RNLI!
    You can do it!

    You don't have to run to enjoy the electric atmosphere of the Virgin London Marathon.

    Your cheering could be just the boost our runners need to reach that finish line.

    Join our Cheering Crew
    Join our Cheering Crew at the Virgin London Marathon
  • Saving lives
    in London

    We've been saving lives on the Thames since 2002 and today Tower is our busiest lifeboat station, launching 543 times last year.

    Our E class lifeboat is the fastest in our fleet and was specially designed to meet the demands of the busy river.

    Watch a day in the life
    The iconic sights of London from the Thames including Tower’s E class lifeboat
  • 60 rescued during varsity boat races

    When a number of spectators watching the famous University Boat Race became cut off by the tide, Chiswick lifeboat crew helped bring them to safety.

    'This incident showed once more that the tidal Thames can catch people unawares.'

    See the rescue footage
    Watch Chiswick lifeboat crew rescue spectators cut off by the tide during this year’s University Boat Race
Good luck
to our runners
Meet our London Marathon heroes

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Where does your money go?

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in every pound/euro donated is reinvested to generate more funds.


Mumbles lifeboat rescues Marly the dog

08 April 2015

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The Lifeboat Book

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Shorething! 7–14 year olds

The RNLI’s site for young people is crammed full of activities, games and videos.

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Latest lifeboat launches

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Latest launches

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