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Team GB Olympian to start 'Leg it for the Shannon lifeboat' run for Lytham RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

British middle and long distance runner Helen Clitheroe will set the runners and walkers off on the 3½ mile (5.63Km) fun run between the Lytham St Annes RNLI Station’s two boathouses on Sunday 14 May 2017.

Olympian Helen Clitheroe holding the Union Flag aloft after one of her victories

Helen Clitheroe

Team GB Olympian Helen Clitheroe

Preston born Helen has represented Great Britain at Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games as well as the European Indoor Championships. She has also represented England at the Commonwealth Games. She will be at the start at Lytham RNLI Boathouse at 11:00 on Sunday 14 May 2017.

The aim of the run is to give the participants a fun day out as well as to raise funds for the RNLI Lytham St Annes Shannon Appeal as £200,000 is still needed to cover the final cost of the sea charity’s new £2.2Million Shannon class lifeboat which is arriving in the early part of 2018.

The leisurely fun run will take in views along the estuary and seashore as it makes its way from the Station’s Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Boathouse on Central Beach, Lytham along the promenade to the Station’s All-weather Lifeboat (ALB) Boathouse on South Promenade, St Annes where the runners and helpers can revitalise themselves at the pop-up café or BBQ.

The distance of the run will be 3½ miles / 5.63 Km so it is not planned to be too taxing unless an individual runner wishes to set a time. Walkers, with or without four-legged friends accompanying them, are equally welcome to come for a pleasant Sunday stroll.

It is hoped that all ages will participate, even down to junior supporters and little ones in push chairs. Fancy dress is optional but welcomed.

Registration for the run may be done in advance online by clicking on the link: or, registration may be done on the day at the St Annes Boathouse from 9am from where a free bus will transfer participants to the start at the Lytham Boathouse. The cost is £10 for adults, £5 for children.

At the start of the run the participants will also be able to view the new Inshore Lifeboat MOAM in her boathouse and warm up on the Green led by instructor Suzie Zumba.

At the finish of the run the Mersey-class Lifeboat Her Majesty the Queen will be on view in what will almost certainly be her last 'Leg It Fun Run' appearance before she is replaced by the new Shannon-class Lifeboat Barbara Anne next year.

Further details may be obtained by emailing Alison Young on:

Donations to the Appeal to fund the new Lifeboat for Lytham St Annes may be made at or, please phone on 0300 0300 9917.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please contact David Forshaw, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07904 685206.

Derek Fleet with his model D class Lifeboat and seagull pals with Stormy Stan prepare for the 2016 Leg It Run

RNLI/David Forshaw

Derek Fleet and Stormy Stan prepare for the 2016 Leg It Run
some of the participants in the e 2016 Leg It Run warm up on Lytham Green before the start

RNLI/David Forshaw

Warm up time before the start of the Leg It Run 2016

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