Annual RNLI Fun Run to help save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

“Leg it for the Lytham Lifeboats” will take place on Sunday 22nd April starting at 11am.

a poster giving details of the annual Fun Run

RNLI/ Lytham St Annes

Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Fun Run

The leisurely run will take in views along the estuary and sea shore as it makes its way from the Station’s Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Boathouse on Central Beach, Lytham along the promenade to the Station’s All-weather Lifeboat (ALB) Boathouse on South Promenade, St Annes where the runners and helpers can revitalise themselves at a café or can enjoy the BBQ and music and view the new Shannon lifeboat Barbara Anne.

The distance of the run will be 3½ miles / 5.63 Km so it is not planned to be too strenuous unless an individual runner wishes to set a time. Walkers are equally welcome to come for a pleasant Sunday stroll. It is hoped that all ages will participate, even down to little ones in push chairs or dog owners being taken for a walk by their pet. Fancy dress is optional but welcomed. The aim of the run is to give the participants a fun day out as well as to raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

The ongoing rebuilding of Lytham Promenade between Seafield Road and Granny’s Bay will cause a small detour to the usual route to avoid the path closure. Participants can either run along Clifton Drive to the White Church then turn left back to the Promenade or they can turn up Fairlawn Road and cross the sand hills parallel with the closed path. Both detours will be marshalled so nobody will “get lost.”

At the start of the run the participants will be able to view the ILB MOAM in her Boathouse on the promenade at Central Beach (opposite the Queens Hotel, postcode FY8 5LD) and at the finish the ALB Barbara Anne in her Boathouse on South Promenade (“behind” the swimming baths, postcode FY8 1SJ). A warm up session will be organised by Suzy Zumba at the start before the Mayor of Fylde, Councillor John Singleton JP, assisted by Town Crier Colin Ballard, set the runners off at 11am and walkers 15 minutes later.

A free classic shuttle bus will be available between the two boathouses so that participants don’t have to run both ways.

The cost for adults is £10 and for children £5. Further details are available on

or entry forms are available at the Station’s Souvenir shops attached to both boathouses.

A Lifeboat tee-shirt will be presented to each participant.

Further queries please email Alison Young at

RNLI Mascot Stormy Stan and a runner warm up before the race

RNLI/David Forshaw

Stormy Stan and Amy Lamb warm up before the Fun Run
a Town Crier and a man fancy dressed as a lifeboat

RNLI/David Forshaw

Colin Ballard and Derek Fleet prepare for the run
a group of participants warm up before the Run

RNLI/David Forshaw

Suzy Zumba leads the warm up on Lytham Green

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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, in a normal year, 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.

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