Well done to Abersoch RNLI fundraiser Louise!
RNLI volunteer fundraiser, Louise Baldwin, took part in the super challenging Pen Llyn Ultra-Marathon on Saturday, 3 July.
After many months of training Louise finally took to the roads and beaches of Pen Llyn to complete the brutal 50 mile run all in aid of raising vital funds for Abersoch RNLI.
Louise,who has been a volunteer at the Lifeboat Station for many years, decided that she was no longer ‘content with running around the block’ and set herself a new challenge to raise vital funds for the Charity that took her completely out of her comfort zone. And what a challenge that was!
With a mixture of rain, sunshine and wind Louise battled on throughout the day on Saturday with a mix of many emotions along the way and completed her 50 miles in spite of the pain of burning blisters and moments of self-doubt.
When asked about her best and worst moments of the day she had this to say, ‘It took lots of digging deep to stay in the Ultra yesterday. I developed blisters quite early on with soaked trail shoes’, and added ‘It was tough and lonely at times, when faster runners had gone ahead’.
Despite the toughness of the challenge there were some ‘best bits’ too for Louise, in addition to the welcoming mug of the ‘best tasting hot chocolate ever’, she said ‘There was fantastic organisation, volunteers and marshalling all the way round, together with great support from the local community’ and the very best bit, she told us, was a surprise visit from her grandson, Charlie, who secretly surprised her at Pentre-Uchaf with around 8/9 miles still to go with extremely blistered and sore feet.
Abersoch RNLI fundraising chair, Sue McCann, said ‘We are so grateful to Louise for her amazing effort and commitment to raise much needed funds for the Lifeboat Station’ and she added ‘What a challenge to take on, we wonder what will be next?’.
You can still show your support to Louise by visiting her Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnliabersoch-ultramarathon
Notes to editors
· Aberosch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/abersoch-lifeboat-station
· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat the‘Peter & Ann Setten’ launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs.
· Photo credit: James Baldwin, Gez Lowndes, Sports Pictures Cymru
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.