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Marathon cycle ride by Margate lifeboat crew members raising funds for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Two crew members from Margate RNLI lifeboat station have completed a marathon 124 mile cycle ride visiting Kent’s nine lifeboat stations as part of the charity’s annual ‘Reindeer Run’ fundraising event.

David Pike (L) and Keith Patrick (R) prepare to leave for Ramsgate (RNLI Margate)

RNLI Margate

David Pike (L) and Keith Patrick (R) prepare to leave for Ramsgate (RNLI Margate)

The annual fundraiser involved RNLI volunteers and full-time staff taking part in a relay by whatever means including cycling and walking between Kent’s nine lifeboat stations from Gravesend to Dungeness. Keith Patrick and David Pike, volunteer lifeboat crew members at Margate are also keen road cyclists and decided to cover the whole route from Gravesend to Dungeness, a distance of 124 miles.

They set out at 5am from Gravesend and after stops at Sheerness and Whitstable the Margate team arrived at the town’s lifeboat station five hours later for an extended ‘fuel stop’ where they were greeted by other members of the crew, fundraisers, families and supporters. They were given a ‘blue light’ escort from Birchington to Margate and onwards to Ramsgate by Margate Coastguard Rescue Team and soon after Keith and David left for Ramsgate, the Whitstable team of four cyclists completed their leg to Margate where again they were provided with refreshments before returning home. At the same time, Thanet RNLI volunteer fundraising lead Sarah Hewes set out on her own stage from Margate to Walmer via Ramsgate walking and using public transport drawing attention to the contribution disabled people make to the life-saving charity’s work.

After stopping at Ramsgate, Walmer, Dover and Littlestone the Margate team completed the course at Dungeness some eleven hours after setting out, clocking up 8 hours, 37 minutes and 21 seconds saddle time. The individual station relay teams completed their course a few hours later. Two RNLI chase vehicles, one manned by members of Margate lifeboat team provided safety cover for the event and two trackers allowed supporters to monitor the two groups progress online. Currently just over £2,000 has been raised by the combined lifeboat stations and donations can be made at: or via each lifeboat station’s individual facebook page.

Derek Amas, Lifeboat Operations Manager, RNLI Margate said: “A lot of preparation went into the logistics of this fundraiser by all the stations involved and we are particularly proud and in awe at the effort put in by Keith, David and Sarah from the lifeboat station here and the Thanet fundraising team. We are also grateful for the donations received so far and the backroom support from the crew, fundraisers and participants families.”

Notes to editors

· Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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Sarah Hewes, Thanet RNLI Fundraising Group Lead (RNLI Margate)

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Sarah Hewes, Thanet RNLI Fundraising Group Lead (RNLI Margate)

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