Hartlepool tri-athletes swim, run and cycle for the Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Tri-athlete Neil Simon raised an impressive £250.00 for the Hartlepool RNLI recently with sponsorship raised whilst taking part in the 'Big Lime Triathlon' that was held in the town.

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Tri-athlete Neil Simon pictured with volunteer crew member Mark Barker at the Ferry Road boathouse.
HGV driver Neil said 'Taking part in some of the ice dips in the North Sea and a very sad recent event made me realise the importance of the lifeboat service.
No matter what ability swimmers are the RNLI and its volunteer crews are a vital service to help those of us who may be in trouble whilst in or afloat on the sea'.
Neil completed the event that consisted of a 750 metre swim, 12 mile cycle ride and a 3 mile run in 1 hour 21 minutes and finished 20th in his category.
Neil said ' I would like to thank all my sponsors, family, friends and workmates for their support'.
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat operations manager Chris Hornsey said 'That was a fantastic effort by Neil to take part in the event and raise this money for the RNLI. His donation will play its part in helping save lives at sea'.

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