Running to help ‘Save lives at Sea’

Lifeboats News Release

Runners young and old took part in the 27th annual Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat run to raise funds for the charity.

The start of the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat annual run

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'And they are Off'

More than 60 runners of all abilities and aged from just 4 to 70 years old took part in the long-established Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat Run which took place in glorious Autumn sunshine on Sunday 15 September.

The run is over two courses along Sheerness Esplanade to the end of Minster Leas. The short course for the under 12’s is approximately 2km and the longer one is 5km.

In the under twelves the first runners’ home in the boys and girls’ classes were Isaac Butterhills for the boys and his cousin Honey Acott for the girls.

In the 5km run the winner once again was Jamie Allchin in the excellent time of 24minutes 28 seconds, which broke his own course record set a couple of years ago. In second place was Craig Rousel followed closely by Mark Williams in third. Karen Green was the first lady to complete the 5k course. The youngest runner was 4-year-old Ollie Mumford who completed the 2km course with his dad. Our oldest runner was 70-year-old Mick Hold who ran an excellent race and finished well up the field.

At the prize giving ceremony Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic Robin Castle MBE gave every competitor a signed certificate and presented trophies to the winners and runners up in all classes.

Sheerness full time Coxswain/ Mechanic Robin Castle MBE about to drop the flag for the start of the 27th Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat run.

RNLI/Vic Booth

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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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