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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 Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland