Three friends plan to take on the gruelling 4x4x48 Challenge to raise funds

Lifeboats News Release

Next week (13/15 May) Peadar O’Reilly, Jon Raven and Tom Cropper will run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours, come rain or shine, starting and finishing at The Warren, Abersoch all in support of Abersoch Lifeboat Station.

Team Challenge/Peadar O'Reilly

Team Challenge outside Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Station

The three friends, who all have close ties with Abersoch built over many years, have been training hard all year after Jon, fondly referred to as ‘the Skipper’ enlisted Peadar and Tom bright and early on New Year’s Day morning via a WhatsApp message and ‘Team Challenge’ was born.

Inspired by ex-Navy Seal and ultrarunning guru David Goggins, the 4x4x48 Challenge is said to be one of most gruelling running challenges in the world and with an equally challenging fundraising target of £50,000.00, Team Challenge need your support.

Congratulations are already in order as the team have raised nearly £30,000.00 of their target and they will continue to be busy fundraising as well as training this coming week as they work towards their final goal.

They plan to start 6.00pm Thursday evening (13 May) from the Warren beach and some 44 hours later, their final run is scheduled for 2.00pm Saturday (15 May), starting and finishing at the Sandbar when they hope to have one of two of their younger Team Challenge members join them for their last 4 miles stretch.

Speaking on behalf of Team Challenge, Peadar O’Reilly said, 'We all know and appreciate the great work the RNLI do and we also recognise that fundraising has been tough throughout Covid so it seemed the perfect charity to support'.

Phill Brown, Abersoch RNLI Chair, said, ‘We are delighted to hear that Peadar, Jon and Tom want to support Abersoch RNLI and truly admire their grit and determination in taking on such a tough challenge’. He added, ‘Due to the Covid pandemic all our local fundraising acitivites came to an abrupt halt in 2020 and this has had a significant impact on the our local lifeboat station and the RNLI in general’.

You can show your support for this epic event by following the link and making a donation https://praetura.enthuse.com/pf/team-challenge.

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 launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs.

· Photo credit: Team Challenge

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For more information contact Sarah Leather, Abersoch Lifeboat Press Officer 075830843 or email sarah_Leather@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Medior Officer on 01745 585 162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

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