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RNLI event with Shane Williams MBE raises more than £3000

Lifeboats News Release

Shane Williams MBE started, and took part in, the 25th anniversary Pembroke RNLI Ladies Guild Walk & Run on Castlemartin Army Training Range on Sunday (21 August). Well over £3000 was raised on the day.

The event is possible courtesy of the British Army, whose officers at Castlemartin plan the course across the Range.

The Range was a training ground on Sunday for Shane and colleagues, all Ironman Wales 2016 competitors. Former Welsh International Rugby player Ian Gough, Cllr Mark Edwards of Haverfordwest and David Jones of Princes Gate Water also were in attendance.

The day was unbelievable, in spite of the wettest weather in recent years, the attendance was one of the best. Keith & Sandra, our DJs, played on through the rain, encouraging 144 supporters to register for the walk, some with their dogs. 42 athletes ran the course. Jack Richards, of the Angle Tractor team, stood his tractor at the start line, ready for Shane to send everyone on their way.

The determination of our guests and supporters to be out on Castlemartin Range in the mist and rain, raising money for the RNLI, had to be seen to be believed. Looking forward to that hot drink and a bacon roll from the BBQ on their return. The BBQ team Kath, Rachael, Philip and Audrey produced the most amazing food under the wettest gazebo ever.

The Novelty Dog Show was a huge success again this year, sponsored and judged by Billa Schleicher of All Pets Vetcare, Milford Haven. Billa was assisted by Guild member Ira Ramsden and Sophie Ramsden looked after the 47 entrants. 1st prize went to Haley Gibson with Bea, Scott with Bobbie, Phil Giles with Jack, Jacqui Wingfield with Tonic, Sarah Codd with Simba and Julia Sturgess with Murphy.

The Dog Show prizes were again sponsored by John Burns of Burnspet Natural Nutrition for Dogs of Kidwelly. Princes Gate Water, Valero, Powells Holidays and Pembroke Power Station also sponsored the event this year - our thanks to you all.

Supporting our fundraising is priceless and enables the RNLI to maintain a free 24/7 coastal, inland waterway, flood rescue service and seasonal lifeguard service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

A great day with a superb crowd of people and there will be an announcement shortly on how much was raised for the charity once all the money is collected.

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows Wales rugby legend Shane Williams MBE getting ready to get the racers underway. Credit RNLI/Pembroke Ladies Guild

For more information please contact Daphne Bush, of Pembroke RNLI Ladies Guild, on 07790 310830.

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