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Do your bit and help save lives at sea by running in Clovelly this Mayday

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI is calling on the people of north Devon to do their bit and run the RNLI’s Yellow Welly Cobble Wobble to help raise vital funds for crew kit.

Yellow welly cobble wobble logo


Yellow welly cobble wobble logo

Organised by Clovelly RNLI, the run on Sunday 5 May will see 200 people run a 12 mile route around Clovelly, taking you on a journey through time.

You will take on gentle undulations through plantations, along trails weaving through ancient woodland, challenging climbs and technical descents. The course runs through the private Clovelly estate, the ancient National Trust woodland of Brownsham with elevation that will challenge and then have you negotiating the pebbles across the beach at Mouth Mill.

You will experience the high cliffs of the North Devon coastline, with stunning views of Lundy and across to Exmoor from the South West Coast path, finishing with a ‘run’ up the famous Clovelly cobbles.

This new event is strictly limited to 200 runners and is open to anyone over the age of 18. Registration for the event is £28 with all funds raised going to Clovelly Lifeboat Station.

Vicky Clarke from Clovelly RNLI says: ‘We already have over 100 people signed up to our cobble wobble but there’s still plenty of space for more! It promises to be a picturesque route offering people rare access to the private Clovelly estate, as well a few hills that will challenge runners, before finishing up the famous Clovelly cobbles. All the money raised will go to Clovelly RNLI to help us fund the vital kit that keeps our volunteers safe at sea.’

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Money raised through Mayday fundraising events like this one will help RNLI lifeboat crews to face the harshest conditions at sea with the best kit possible.

The RNLI’s Mayday national fundraiser begins on Wednesday 1 May and will run for the whole month, at hundreds of locations across the UK and Ireland. This year, the RNLI hopes to raise a total of £700,000 through Mayday, which will be used to fund essential kit for the charity’s selfless volunteer lifeboat crews.

And if you’re not able to attend a fundraising event, anyone who wishes to get involved can visit to register for a free Mayday fundraising pack. The pack provides a host of fundraising ideas, such as encouraging friends and colleagues to plan a wear-yellow fundraiser, getting sponsored to run, walk or cycle, cooking up some yellow-themed bakes to sell or even getting together to lift the weight of a 32 tonne Tamar class lifeboat!

Buying a yellow welly pin badge at events or from local RNLI shops also helps raise funds towards the Mayday target; and people are being encouraged to show support on social media, joining the conversation using the hashtag #MaydayEveryDay.

RNLI media contacts

For more information, please contact Emma Haines, Regional Media Officer, at [email protected] or 07786 668847. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected].

Yellow welly cobble wobble race numbers


Yellow welly cobble wobble race numbers

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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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