Port St Mary RNLI crew member strides to victory in South Africa
Andy Green who has been a member of the crew at Port St Mary RNLI for nearly 40 years won the 100 mile African Centurion race recently.
The race was due to take place on Robben Island where of course Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 27 years . Bad weather meant the venue had to be changed to a 400 metre track in an athletics stadium.
Having to endure a mind boggling 402 laps Andy suffered greatly from stomach problems and all the usual aches and pains both physical and mental, but being a veteran of the annual Isle of Man Parish Walk over 85 miles he eventually pulled off a magnificent victory.
The following day Andy celebrated his 65th birthday and managed to visit the famous Robben Island with his wife Linda.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.