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190 Mile Coast to Coast run for the RNLI and The Great North Air Ambulance

Lifeboats News Release

Rob Mason from Dipton, Count Durham will be running the 190 miles to raise money for the RNLI and the Great North Air Ambulance. Rob who has a fused spine will begin his run at St Bees lifeboat station in Cumbria on June 21st.

Rob Mason taking a break from training

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Rob Mason on a training run

Rob who has had a fused spine since 1996 after a bike accident will be starting his epic run at the RNLI lifeboat station in St Bees on June 21st at 5.30 in the morning.

Like the many Coast-to-Coast walkers he finishes at Robin Hoods Bay.

Rob however will not be taking it easy, he will be running over the Cumbrian Fells in the Lake District, across the Pennines and finally through the Yorkshire Dales.

He will complete this challenging run in just three days.

Rob is raising money for the RNLI because he feels voluntary organisations like the RNLI and the Great North Air Ambulance have important roles to play within the emergency services.

This is not the first time Rob has taken on such a big challenge for charity. Last year he ran 75 miles from Carlisle to Dipton taking on the steep climbs of the Hadrian’s Way, raising money for North East Children Cancer Research at the RVI hospital in Newcastle. The previous year he ran from Frankland Prison, Durham to Finchale College in Durham via St James Park in Newcastle, the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and Riverside at Chester le Street. On this occasion he was raising money for both Help for Heroes and Finchale College.

Hoping to top up his fundraising for the RNLI and The Great North Air Ambulance Rob will be hosting a further fundraising event for the charities on Saturday 24th June at Dipton Social Club where he is the secretary.

If anyone would like to donate to these two charities the information is on his just giving page:

Rob will also be carrying a tracker so you can follow him by going to:

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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.

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