Lifeboat Crew To Run Around Kent
Three members of the Whitstable Lifeboat Crew have set themselves the challenge of running between all of the lifeboat stations in Kent.
Adrian Woolrich-Burt and colleagues Oz Warren and Steve Wynn aim to complete the run in 24-hours. Adrian explained ‘On Saturday 25th March we aim to run between all of the lifeboat stations in Kent, starting at Gravesend we will then head for Sheerness and Leysdown Lifeguard Station and running around Sheppey. From there we will run to our station at Whitstable thence to Margate, Ramsgate, Walmer, Dover and Littlestone with a finish at Dungeness in around 24 hours’.'The route will be in the region of 120 miles and we intend to run some of it as a team and some of it in a series of relays. The total distance for each of us will be close to 50 miles, almost two back to back marathons’.
'Our aim is to promote awareness for the Respect the Water campaign and raise money for the RNLI’. We will have a live tracking website which will display the progress of the runner or runners as they move around the coast and our just giving page will be linked to the Whitstable Lifeboat web page www.whitstablelifeboat.org.uk and www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RNLIKentCoastChallenge.
''We have asked local running and triathlon clubs around the route for support and we hope that local runners either from clubs in the Gravesend, Sheppey, Whitstable, Thanet, Deal, Dover, Folkestone and Romney Marsh area’s or lifeboat stations will join us for some of the legs’.
Adrian Woolrich-Burt is 47 and is married with two children, Hugo and Esme. He’s been running since school where he was the cross country captain. 10 years as an RAF aircrew kept him busy before taking up his current role as a Boeing 737-800 Captain and post grad student at LSE, University of London. Adrian runs 2 or 3 marathons a year with his best marathon time being 3hrs.15.
Oz Warren has been trail running since his early teens and has competed in mad challenges such as ultra marathons, mountain races and ToughGuy. He settles for a more gentile pace now after smashing marathon personal best of 2:52 and an Ultra in 8:10! Oz says he joined the RNLI to give something back to the world!
Steve Wynn, a police officer ran his first marathon in November 2016 at the prestigious New York City Marathon. Hopefully this challenge will set him up nicely for a personal best time at the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2017. Steve has been an RNLI volunteer at Whitstable for 5 years.
For anyone interested in joining the team on any part of the run then they can be contacted through the Whitstable Lifeboat Facebook page or website.
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 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.