Porthdinllaen RNLI Family Fun Run raises over £1800

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Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Station held their first ever Family Fun Run on Saturday 10 August to raise much needed funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Start of the Porthdinllaen Fun Run at Nefyn Golf Club

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen Fun Run 2019

With strong winds and rain forecasted, 117 people had registered their place in the event by Thursday evening, with a further 175 people registering on the day. Two options were available for those taking part, 2km and 5km, with both runs starting from outside the Nefyn and District Golf Club, making their way down Golf Road and along Lôn Bridin to Morfa Nefyn beach. The runners then made their way along the beach to Porthdinllaen, with the 2 km route finishing on the beach outside the Tŷ Coch Inn. The 5 km route continued from Porthdinllaen along the picturesque Nefyn Golf links back up to the Clubhouse, before following the same route once again along the beach and finishing at the Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen.

All those who took part were presented with a medal and an RNLI t-shirt in recognition of completing the course, at the Nefyn and District Golf Clubhouse

Over £1854.16 of much needed funds was raised for the RNLI, which is enough to equip one crew member with their all-weather waterproof clothing and boots, and a life jacket.

Dylan Thomas, Porthdinllaen Press Officer added, ‘Our thanks to the organising team who have worked hard over the past six months organising an event which was thoroughly enjoyed - in particular to Dave and Karen Hursthouse, Mali Parry-Jones, Owain Williams and Kenneth Fitzpatrick. Thanks also to the Nefyn and District Golf Club for all their support, the Porthdinllaen Coastguard rescue team, the National Trust Snowdonia and Llŷn, Stuart at the Tŷ Coch Inn and Elfed Roberts from Spar Nefyn who kindly donated all the water bottles for the event'.

Dave Hursthouse, on behalf of the organising team added, 'As a family we’ve been supporters and fundraisers of the RNLI ever since I had a nasty sailing accident in 2007 and was rescued by the Abersoch RNLI crew, It’s a debt I’m not sure will ever feel properly repaid. I’ve done a number of sporting challenges as fundraisers over the years and over a meal with friends and crew members of Porthdinllaen RNLI earlier this year we hatched a plan for a family fun run with the aim of making it as inclusive as possible for all ages and running abilities. It was a fantastic team effort and I think we’re all a little overwhelmed at the support we got for the event! A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported the event and hopefully see you next year!'

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