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Great North Run Efforts Raise £1,200 for Cullercoats Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Cullercoats has been the beneficiary of Alison Ellis’s hard work and training during the summer to raise a magnificent £1,200 following her completion of the Great North Run last month. This was her 2nd run in the world’s most popular half marathon.

Alison has only been running for 2 years and her fantastic efforts has not only benefitted Cullercoats Lifeboat but more importantly has achieved a 5 stone weight loss for the Manager of the Rockcliffe Arms in Whitley Bay. She has worked hard throughout the summer to train for the Great North Run getting the miles needed in her legs.

Friends, family and locals at the pub came together to support Alison’s efforts and put their hands in their pockets promising to donate when she accomplished the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields.  

Asked why she chose the RNLI as her chosen charity for the race, Alison said: ‘I visited the Lifeboat station a number of times and met some of the volunteer crew. I have come to understand the hard work and dedication these volunteers offer. They give their time freely to keep us safe in and around the sea.  I am very happy to give my support to this great charity.’

Peter Clark, Senior Helmsman at Cullercoats RNLI said: ‘Alison’s efforts, in not only completing the run, but putting the long hard hours into training have been a great commitment.  The money she has raised is the equivalent to fully equip a lifeboat crew member. Everyone at the station would like to thank her for her fantastic efforts.’​​

Photos: Courtesy Michael Scott RNLI Cullercoats.

Picture 1: Alison (Left) presenting cheque to Frank Taylor, Operations Manager and crew members

Picture 2: Alison (Left)  with her friend Tracee Hancill who trained with her for the Run

RNLI Media Contacts: For more information please telephone Michael Scott, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07906 632598 or Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manger North 07786 668912 or or contact RNLI Public Relations 01202 336789​​​​


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