Leigh fundraiser celebrates birthday with ultra-marathon for New Brighton RNLI
This weekend (7/8 November) Gareth Kilshaw will undertake a 127-mile solo ultra-marathon run along the Liverpool to Leeds Canal. His journey will begin and end from his home in Leigh with the fitness fanatic hoping to complete the challenge in less than 30 hours.
Gareth is a keen member of GB Ultras, a community of like-minded runners, who host a series of ultra-marathons throughout the UK. Due to Covid-19, all events were cancelled, so Gareth decided to resign from his role as race director and took up a new job at Liverpool Docks.
‘It was there I learnt about the RNLI and the work of the local volunteer crews, who have been hit by the pandemic in having to cancel events and not collect in their usual way. The RNLI provides a 24/7 rescue service and I wanted to show my gratitude for the work they do in my local area. The closest station to my workplace is New Brighton, so I decided they should benefit from my challenge.
Garreth Berry, RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer for New Brighton says:
‘This certainly is some challenge and on behalf of everyone at New Brighton I want to say how grateful we all our to Gareth for really going the extra mile to keep us afloat. Like all charities, the RNLI has been hit by the pandemic and we still need to keep our service running so the crew can continue saving lives. The donation he makes to the RNLI following this challenge will be so very much appreciated.’
Anyone able to support Gareth’s marathon challenge can visit his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gareth-kilshaw
RNLI media contacts
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Key facts about the RNLI
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.