Only two more weeks until Burnham RNLI’s Rainbow race!

Lifeboats News Release

There are just under two weeks to enter for Burnham-on-Sea’s popular colour run on Sunday 12 August, and there is still time to register.

Participants in 2016's first rainbow run

RNLI/Mike Lang

Participants in 2016's first rainbow run

The 3.5km run begins at the town jetty, taking participants on a colourful run to the iconic lower lighthouse and back. Runners (or walkers – you can walk the route if you wish) are doused in multi-coloured powder paint at each of five paint stations along the route.

Tickets are reduced compared to previous years at just £10 per adult, £6 per child or £30 for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children). Tickets can be purchased online through by searching for 'RNLI Rainbow Race 2018'. Alternatively, entrants can contact the event organiser Lesley Hart by email at

Participants will receive a medal upon completion of the run and are encouraged to seek sponsorship for the event, for which sponsorship forms can be provided.

Organiser Lesley Hart says; ‘This is a fantastic event for the local community, raising vital funds for our RNLI Lifeboat station. The RNLI provides a 24/7 lifesaving service, using a dedicated team of volunteers.’

Lifeboats Press Officer Mike Lang adds; ‘This is a great chance to have fun over the summer school holidays. The RNLI are there for you whenever you need them, so come along to give some support. If you don’t want to enter, come and watch your friends taking part!’


Notes to editors

Images with this release show participants in the first rainbow run in 2016 (RNLI/Mike Lang)

Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:

A 7.5m Atlantic 75 named Staines Whitfield and a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15th May 2004, but has been operational since December 2003.

RNLI media contacts

For more information about this release please telephone Mike Lang, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07889 815860 or email,

In the absence of the above, contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Alternatively, telephone Amy Caldwell RNLI Public Relations Manager (South)

Tel 07920 818 807, , or Emma Haines Press Officer; 07786 668847

Participants in 2016's first rainbow run with Stormy Stan

RNLI/Mike Lang

Participants in 2016's first rainbow run with Stormy Stan
Fun warmup before the start of the 2016 event

RNLI/Mike Lang

Fun warmup before the start of the 2016 event

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