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Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteer crew and supporters complete charity cycle ride

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI supporters have completed their 240 Seiclon 2016 cycle charity ride.

A total of 19 cyclists have just returned to Porthdinllaen having completed a total 240 miles of cycling over three days in order to raise vital funds towards the lifesaving work of the RNLI charity.
The event was the fourth Seiclon challenge to be organised by well known Welsh TV Presenter and staunch RNLI supporter Morgan Jones, from Trefor, who led the cyclists which included members of the Porthdinllaen RNLI and Clwb Beicio yr Eifl from Porthdinllaen on Friday morning.
The first day took the team from Porthdinllaen along the coast before crossing over to Llanberis via Penygroes. Llanberis Pass was then tackled before the descent to Betws y Coed and on to the overnight stop at Llangollen.
The second day was from Llangollen down to Chirk and Lake Vyrnwy. The afternoon saw the team tackle the long and hard climb to the top of the renowned Bwlch y Groes, before the descent down towards Ceinws and on to Aberdovey.
The third and final day saw the team ride the coastal route from Aberdovey with a refreshment stop at Barmouth and Criccieth lifeboat stations, before cycling on to Aberdaron and on to the home straight back to Porthdinllaen.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, who also drove one of the support vehicles along the route, said: 'We are extremely grateful to Morgan Jones for all his support and for once again organising the route and to his colleagues at Clwb Beicio yr Eifl. We had cyclist from Liverpool and as far as Somerset taking part and the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all.'
Coxswain Mike Davies, who also took part in the rideCoxswain Mike Davies, who also took part in the ride, added: 'We would like thank Clwb Beicio yr Eifl, the public and local businesses who have supported us with Seiclon 2016. After resting our legs for a few weeks we will then sit down with Morgan to plan next years challenge.'
Mal Bishop, from Buckley, who has taken part in all four of the Seiclon challenges, said: 'This was the toughest yet. We climbed more than 15,000ft in total, but the pain was worthwhile. I have the utmost respect for volunteer crews of the RNLI who risk their lives to save those in trouble on the seas.'
Paul Lloyd Williams, from Llanrug, added: 'On behalf of Clwb Beicio yr Eifl, we are proud to be able to support Porthdinllaen RNLI team to raise funds for such a worthy charity cause.'
Donations towards the Seiclon 2016 can still be made by visiting the following link on
Notes to editors:
For more information please contact Dylan Thomas, Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07747 600019 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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