Mumbles crew get festive
500 run for the lifeboat
The stormy weather took its toll on the seafront at Mumbles but it didn’t stop 500 runners arriving to take part in the Great Christmas Fun 2017.
Organiser and Mumbles Lifeboat crew member Andy ‘Badger’ Miles said ‘ we were up at 6 this morning desperately trying to get the course laid out with fingers and toes crossed that the 70 mile per hour winds forecast would dissipate. Thankfully the rain stopped just in time for the first race of 1k for the Jaffa cake run. The race is in memory of Chris Jaffa Jeffries who was a crew member at the Mumbles who lost his life in a battle with Cancer.
The race was started by ex Wales Rugby Captain Ryan Jones. The adult race of 5 and 10k was 30 minutes later with 6 members of the newly formed Mumbles Lifeboat Fit Club joining 350 runners in fancy dress. It was a fantastic race said Andy, we’re hoping to raise over £3000 for the charity.
The only hitch we had was that at 8.45 am the pagers went off and we lost some of our runners and marshals to launch the boat. A 20ft yacht had broken its mooring and was pinned against the pier at The Mumbles. Andrew Edwards and Dai Thomas managed to get the boat to safety and get back in time to run the 10k.
Thank you to everybody who took part whether marshals, sponsors, runners or the lifeguard team and supporters. This Christmas the volunteer crew members will be ready to answer the call if the pager goes off, just as they are for the rest of the year. This can only be done thanks to fundraising efforts like this.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.