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Pound for the RNLI at this year’s Great North Run

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is looking for runners to take part in ‘the world’s greatest half marathon’, the Great North Run.

This year’s Great North Run takes place on Sunday, September 11 and the RNLI, the charity dedicated to saving lives at sea, has a number of charity places available until Thursday, June 29 for anyone looking to sign up.
Up to 57,000 runners will pass over the iconic Tyne Bridge and see the Red Arrows fly overhead as they travel the 13.1 mile route from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the coast at South Shields.
RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Anne Scott, says: ‘The Great North Run is truly electric and one of our key fundraising events of the year. 
‘With 237 lifeboat stations, the RNLI operates a 24-hour search and rescue service covering 19,000 miles of coastline around the UK and Republic of Ireland, and in 2015 rescued a staggering 7,973 people. As a charity reliant on voluntary donations, fundraising for the RNLI by running in the Great North Run really helps our volunteers to continue saving lives at sea.’
Regular Great North Run runner and volunteer at Blyth Lifeboat Station, Rob Brister, says: ‘The Great North Run is one of my favourite events, it’s a fantastic, warm and friendly atmosphere with the route lined with supporters, live music and performers keeping you entertained the entire route.
‘As a volunteer myself, I really do appreciate the support the charity receives, ensuring we have effective kit and training to continue to operate a 24-hour search and rescue service.’
Even if you’re not a runner you could still get involved in the event by whooping, cheering and shouting your support from the cheering station, providing vital encouragement to the RNLI Running Crew along the route. Alternatively, why not help the runners from the finish line to their well-deserved post-race reception, while getting to enjoy one of the UK’s best loved sporting events from a prime location.
Runners who already have a ballot place can still register to run for the RNLI up until the end of August.
Anyone interested can visit or email
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Helen Coatsworth, RNLI PR Officer, on 01202 336507 or email Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland