Cross-country run for Scarborough RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A dozen Scarborough lifeboat crew have been training intensively for a 145-mile relay run from their lifeboat station to Blackpool RNLI

Some of the runners, L-R, Colin Woodhead, Matt Marks, Lee Marton, John Senior and Pete McGeown

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Some of the runners, L-R, Colin Woodhead, Matt Marks, Lee Marton, John Senior and Pete McGeown

With less than a week to go, the runners are keen to get as fit as they can, to raise funds for the RNLI.

They will take turns to run 10 miles, with some doing up to 30 miles over a 29-hour period on 18 and 19 October.

Operation Scarblack, as it has been dubbed, will be a tough challenge as it passes through the Yorkshire Dales.

Two support vehicles will accompany the runners, one at the front, one at the back. The first one belongs to the RNLI; the second has been loaned by Scarborough Lions.

Anyone who would like to chip in should go to the Justgiving website and search for Lee Marton. In addition, each crew member will raise money through a sponsorship form and there will be bucket collections along the way.

* For details, ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.

RNLI/Dave Barry

Some of the runners and minibus drivers, L-R, Phil Chittenden, Colin Woodhead, Pete McGeown, Lee Marton, Matt Marks, Erik Woolcott and John Senior

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