Alex the Marathon Walker visits Whitstable Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The long walk of of Alex Ellis-Roswell, the 24-year old from Canterbury who embarked on a marathon walk around every lifeboat station in Great Britain and Ireland drew near to it's end on Wednesday evening when he arrived in Whitstable a few hours earlier than expected, ready to call in on the town

Alex Ellis-Roswell chats with Whitstable lifeboat's Oz Warren and Rob Judge on Thursday evening following the completion of the penultimate leg of his marathon 3-year walk around the lifeboat stations of Great Britain and Ireland. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

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Alex Ellis-Roswell chats with Whitstable lifeboat's Oz Warren and Rob Judge on Thursday evening following the completion of the penultimate leg of his marathon 3-year walk around the lifeboat stations of Great Britain and Ireland. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

Alex, inspired by the charity work of his late father Sir Raymond Ellis has covered around 9500 miles on his walk, travelling clockwise around the coast starting with Margate Lifeboat, his walk included visits to every mainland lifeboat station in Great Britain and Ireland.

So far he has raised around £70000 and is hoping that he might eventually raise £95000, £10,00 for every mile covered.


“I have had an amazing response to my walk especially from some of the communities in Scotland” he said and on his facebook page he wrote I'm full of emotions. It's been a very long 3 year journey by foot and ferry around Britain and Ireland. I couldn't have made it this far without your support”.


On Thursday evening Alex was met members of the Whitstable lifeboat crew and fundraising branch and was interviewed live on the BBC's South East Today news programme.


Whitstable lifeboat operations manager Mike Judge said “It has been a fantastic effort by Alex, of the kind on which the RNLI depend on to fund it's lifesaving service”.


“We where delighted to be able to provide the last bit of support for his marathon effort by being the final lifeboat station he visited and we are full of admiration for his efforts”.


Alex was due to embark on the final short leg of his walk on Saturday afternoon from Reculver to Minnis Bay.


Notes to editors


Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.


The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Mrs Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.


She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.

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Alex Ellis-Roswell with members of the Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Thursday evening following the completion of the penultimate leg of his marathon 3-year walk around the lifeboat stations of Great Britain and Ireland. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

RNLI/Chris Davey

Alex Ellis-Roswell with members of the Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Thursday evening following the completion of the penultimate leg of his marathon 3-year walk around the lifeboat stations of Great Britain and Ireland. Picture: RNLI Whitstable
Alex Ellis-Roswell is interviewed by the BBC on Thursday evening following the completion of the penultimate leg of his marathon 3-year walk around the lifeboat stations of Great Britain and Ireland. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

RNLI/Chris Davey

Alex Ellis-Roswell is interviewed by the BBC on Thursday evening following the completion of the penultimate leg of his marathon 3-year walk around the lifeboat stations of Great Britain and Ireland. Picture: RNLI Whitstable
Alex Ellis-Roswell with members of the Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Thursday evening following the completion of the penultimate leg of his marathon 3-year walk around the lifeboat stations of Great Britain and Ireland. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

RNLI/Chris Davey

Alex Ellis-Roswell with members of the Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Thursday evening following the completion of the penultimate leg of his marathon 3-year walk around the lifeboat stations of Great Britain and Ireland. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

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