Sandstorm beach-based assault course is coming to Bournemouth

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On Sunday 26 March 2017 the first ever Sandstorm will transform Bournemouth Beach into the ultimate seaside assault course.

RNLI Sandstorm is coming to Bournemouth beach on 26 March


RNLI Sandstorm is coming to Bournemouth beach on 26 March


Date: Sunday 26 March 2017

Time: All day from 9:30am (start times will be staggered)

Venue: Bournemouth Beach

Tickets / information:

With 20 obstacles over a 5K circuit (twice round for 10K), this one-day-only event – which is organised by lifesaving charity the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) – will see participants battle the sandy terrain, facing thrilling obstacles, specially designed to push the limits of both physical and mental endurance.

Hundreds of participants will put their strength, stamina and teamwork to the test as they climb, crawl and attempt to conquer the demanding course with obstacles including climbing walls, sand dunes, water pits, a cargo net, crossbeams and a slalom, to name just a few.

Lauren Pincott, from event organiser the RNLI, says:

‘Sandstorm’s going to transform Bournemouth beach into a challenging seaside assault course. The obstacles are meant to be a physical challenge, but not so tough they can’t be done. Participants can tackle them all or choose their battles. Sandstorm is about teamwork, pushing boundaries and achieving your potential – while also supporting the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

‘The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew members and lifeguards are known for saving lives around our coasts, in all conditions, so Sandstorm is a great way for people to take on a personal challenge while also recognising and supporting the work our lifesavers carry out each year.

‘People can enter as individuals or as a team. Either way, this is a must-do event for anyone who likes a physical challenge, but it is only happening for one day – Sunday 26 March 2017 – so book tickets now to avoid disappointment!’

Tickets are on sale at Early bird tickets are available until 19 February, and start from £40. After 19 February, the standard ticket price starts from £45. Varied transaction fees apply. Any profits go towards the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

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  • Sandstorm is organised by the RNLI. Any profits will help fund the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

  • Members of the media are invited to attend on the day for filming and photography opportunities and will be required to pre-register. Further details about the event will be sent out nearer the time.

  • RNLI spokespeople are available for interview. Please contact RNLI PR via the contact details below to arrange an interview.


For more information contact Geanie Cresswell, RNLI PR, on 01202 336507 / or Laura Haslam, RNLI PR, on 01202 663181 /

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.

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