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Kinghorn RNLI Mayday Coastal Challenge

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn and Aberdour RNLI Fundraising teams are challenging people to take part in their second RNLI Coastal Challenge on Saturday 6th May.

Kinghorn RNLI supporters launch 2017 Coastal Challenge at North Queensferry

Alan McIlravie

Kinghorn RNLI launches 2017 Coastal Challenge

The challenge is to walk up to 15 miles, beginning at North Queensferry and finishing at Kinghorn Lifeboat station, or starting at any of the other four start points in between for a shorter walk.

The first walk in 2016 started at Leven and was a huge success, and this year’s edition promises to be just as scenic, beginning amongst the Forth bridges. This year there will be an on-course treasure hunt for children and a yellow welly throwing competition at Aberdour Silver Sands.

RNLI volunteers risk everything to saves lives at sea, and this is your opportunity to support them by raising money during the annual yellow welly themed Mayday fundraising event.

Sheona Smith, Kinghorn fundraising committee Chair, is looking forward to the event, ‘Our Coastal Challenge was a new event in 2016, and we are all excited for the 2017 walk which we are jointly organising with the Aberdour RNLI fundraising branch.

‘You can choose to walk all or part of the Fife Coastal Path from Town Pier, North Queensferry to Kinghorn Lifeboat Station. There are five stages which mean that supporters of all ages and abilities will be able to participate. Last year we even some buggies taking part!

‘There will be stage start points at North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, and Burntisland, between 10am and 2.30pm, with the finish at Kinghorn Lifeboat Station. The whole route will be on the Fife Coastal Path, with stewards at each start point.

‘This will be a great challenge for people to take up, whilst raising money for the RNLI, ahead of the summer season, when the volunteer crews are at their busiest.

‘We will also have a treasure hunt along the route for younger walkers, and a yellow welly throwing competition at Aberdour Silver Sands.

‘If you would like to support the sponsored walk by offering a donation please visit our Just Giving page at

‘Registration and sponsorship forms and further information is available on our station website at and forms and details can be requested from .’


Notes to editors

  • Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
  • A video of an Atlantic 85 lifeboat can be viewed at our B class lifeboat page.
  • The attached photographs show the launch of the event with supporters.

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For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or or Richard Smith on 07786 668903 or at Henry Weaver on 07771 943026 or at or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Kinghorn RNLI supporters launch 2017 Coastal Challenge at North Queensferry below Forth Rail Bridge

Alan McIlravie

Kinghorn RNLI launches 2017 Coastal Challenge
Sheona Smith launches 2017 Coastal Challenge

Kirsty McLachlan

Kinghorn fundraising chairperson Sheona Smith

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