Rugby star Jack Nowell motivates mum on Mother’s Day
England rugby star Jack Nowell is no stranger to a physical challenge; and for Mother’s Day he'll be supporting his mum as she trains for the London Marathon in April – running in aid of the RNLI.
Jack says, ’I’m so proud that my mum is running the London Marathon this year; she always comes to my games to support me, so I’m glad I can finally repay her by supporting her for once! I’m especially proud as she’s running on behalf of the RNLI, which is a charity very close to our family’s heart.
‘My Mum has always been a huge support to me with my rugby career; she would always take me to training when I was a kid. In fact I didn’t really like rugby very much when I was younger, and it’s thanks to my Mum’s perseverance in taking me to training that I carried on and now play professionally! If it wasn’t for my mum I’d never be playing for England.’
This is the first year Jack’s mum, Louisa Nowell, is running the London Marathon, who along with her sister, aims to raise £5,000 for the RNLI.
Louisa says, ‘running the marathon is quite a daunting task, but Jack has given me some useful fitness and diet tips, which have really helped my preparation. I’m extremely nervous, but also very excited about raising funds and helping the RNLI. Having lived in a fishing village all of my life and my husband being a fisherman, I’ve always known how vitally important the RNLI can be. I hope I do them proud!’
Here are Jack’s top tips for motivation when taking on a physical challenge:
‘Like any job there are days when you don’t feel 100% and it’s hard to motivate yourself. I find having my teammates around me a huge help and motivator during the cold dark hours. Knowing you’re all in it together makes it so much easier, so training with a partner can help get you through the harder sessions.’
Anyone interested in running the London Marathon for the RNLI can visit RNLI.org/virginlondonmarathon
The RNLI has thousands of volunteer crews who operate lifeboats at 238 stations, on call 24/7. Lifeguards keep the public safe on over 240 beaches around the UK and Ireland throughout the summer.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland
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 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.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland