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First ever RNLI Sandstorm hits Bournemouth Beach this weekend!

Lifeboats Media Invite

The first ever RNLI Sandstorm will hit Bournemouth Beach this weekend, transforming the stretch into the ultimate seaside assault course. Members of the media are invited to preview the course during build stage on Friday 24 March or attend on the day itself, Sunday 26 March.

RNLI Sandstorm hits Bournemouth Beach 26 March.


First ever RNLI Sandstorm hits Bournemouth Beach this weekend!

Event: Sandstorm

Date: Friday 24 March (event build) or Sunday 26 March (event day)

Time: From 10am

Location: Bournemouth Beach

With 20 original obstacles this one-day-only event – organised by lifesaving charity the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) – will see participants test their physical endurance, mental grit and teamwork as they battle the 5K circuit (or twice round for 10K).

Media are invited to attend a preview of the course while it is being built on Friday 24 March, which will showcase 10 of the all-new obstacles. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to attend Sandstorm on Sunday 26 March to view the full course and capture the action on the day.

The assault course will present a range of exciting challenges to conquer, including climbing walls, sand dunes, a cargo net, crossbeams and a slalom.

Sandstormers will find themselves wading through a pit of sand and water with Swamped; hauling themselves over a 2.5m high timber wall on Coastal Clamber; using cargo nets to scramble up a mound of sand before sliding down the tarpaulin on The Slipway; running across beams suspended over an open pit on The Crossbeam, and testing their ability to hoist a heavy weight with The Long Haul – to name just a few!

Lauren Pincott, from event organiser the RNLI, says:

‘We are extremely excited to see the Sandstorm course hit Bournemouth Beach this weekend. Tickets are available to buy on the day for anyone who wants to take on the challenge but hasn’t got round to buying their ticket yet. Any profits will help support the RNLI’s lifesaving work, so people can embrace the challenge with the knowledge that they’re also doing their bit to help save lives at sea.

‘With a specially-designed course and Bournemouth Beach as a backdrop, Sandstorm will be a sight to see and an event not to be missed.’

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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 a preview during the event build (Friday 24 March) or on the day (Sunday 26 March) for filming and photography opportunities. Media will be required to pre-register – please contact RNLI PR (details below) to register to attend.

  • The prebuild will feature the following 10 obstacles: Swamped, Coastal Clamber, The Slipway, The Crossbeam, Breathtaker, The Dune, The Scrambler, Cliffhanger and The Long Haul.

  • 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


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