Mumbles Lifeboat Crew get ship shape for duty
'We set out 2 years ago to run 5k and just kept running'
7 of the volunteer crew of The Mumbles lifeboat took part in this years annual Mumbles triathlon. The race which involves a sea swim of 750m, 32k bike ride and 5k run takes place just 500m from the lifeboat station.
The crew team included crew members who have been meeting 2 to 3 times a week with the aim of dropping weight and getting fitter.
2nd Coxswain Nigel Garner said 'We started by just running 100 metre sprints nearly 2 years ago and moved on to a 5k then a 10k and the natural progression to a triathlon. Some of the crew have taken part in long distance triathlons all over Europe while myself like 5 others in the crew are newbies'.
The team consisted of Nigel Garner, Dai Thomas, Henry Best, Darren Griffiths, Morwenna Chapman, Dan Herbert-Evans, Andrew Edwards and Adam Bere.
2nd Mechanic Dai Thomas who is a school headmaster said 'Training has been when and if we can squeeze it in between crew exercises, shouts and everyday life so we're really happy everyone managed to get around the course and in one piece. We're gathering in the next few weeks to plan our diary of events for 2019 while we're still recruiting more members to join the RNLI Tri-Team.
The next event for the crew will be the annual Great Christmas Fun Run which takes place at 10.30 from Kanb Rock Mumbles in aid of the Mumbles Lifeboat on Sunday 9th December.
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.