Volunteer Des goes the distance for Exmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Veteran long distance runner and Exmouth RNLI volunteer, Des White will be running this year’s London Marathon in aid of the local charity that saves lives at sea.

Volunteer Tour Guide, Des White in front of Exmouth's Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

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Des White at Exmouth lifeboat station

Des has recently qualified as a Tour Guide at the station and is looking forward to raising funds for Exmouth RNLI by running what will be his 43rd marathon.

He said ‘I enjoy my work as a volunteer Guide at the lifeboat station, I’m a member of Exmouth Harriers and, as well as volunteering there, I run past it most days on training runs and to raise funds for it seemed the perfect choice’.

Amongst his incredible successful 42 marathon achievements, Des, whose first marathon was in 1980 and who will be 65 in February, has successfully run 17 London Marathons, 3 in New York and was the winner of the New Forest race in 1986. His best time is 2 hours 26 minutes set in the 1987 London Marathon and he aims to complete this year’s event in the top 10 of the 65-69 age group.

Deputy Chair of the Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Committee, Robin Humphreys, said:

'Des is one of the volunteer Tour Guides at the Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station. He has run 42 marathons to date and is competing in the London Marathon on 28 April, where he will be hoping for good running weather and aims to complete it in 3hrs 20mins. Des will be fundraising for the RNLI and any donations will be gratefully received. We all thank him for his support and wish him the very best of luck.'

The RNLI relies on public help and donations to maintain its rescue service and receives no government funding - anyone wishing to help Des raise important funds for Exmouth RNLI to train and equip lifesavers, share essential water safety advice and save more lives at sea, may do so online at :


Photographs x3 : Volunteer RNLI Tour Guide Des White at the Exmouth Lifeboat Station.

Photographs credited John Thorogood / Exmouth RNLI.

For more information please telephone John Thorogood, Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Press Officer on 07946 466465, email: fpo@exmouthlifeboat.org.uk, or Emma Tarling, Exmouth RNLI Press Officer, on 07837 810082 or press@exmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789

Veteran runner and volunteer Tour Guide, Des White running past Exmouth Lifeboat Station

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Runner, Des White at Exmouth lifeboat station

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