Appledore RNLI crew member runs the London Marathon
Appledore RNLI is delighted to announce that one of their own volunteer crew members, Matthew Rowe, has been selected to run in the London Marathon on Sunday 2nd October 2022 representing and raising money for the RNLI.
‘Although I have never run a mass marathon before, I ran my first marathon in North Devon last year for the Samaritans as part of the virtual London Marathon series. As a recreational runner the opportunity to now run the London Marathon, whilst raising funds for a charity that means so much to me, just feels like the right thing to do. It also means I now have a target to beat!’
Matt, an Environmental Health Officer at Torridge District Council, joined Appledore RNLI in 2016. At first, like all crew members, he spent time as shore crew, moving to boat crew the following year. Since then he has become a fully-fledged crew member on both the inshore and all-weather lifeboat, and was passed out as a mechanic for our all-weather Tamar Lifeboat last year.
He is no stranger to fundraising for the RNLI having taken part in several events locally including the sponsored ‘Tour de Yellow Welly’ where a team of crew members and their friends cycled 104 mile cycle ride from Appledore to Minehead Lifeboat Stations and back in one day raising over £10,000.
This will be Matt’s biggest and most challenging fundraiser and he has undertaken to raise at least £2300 to be eligible to represent the RNLI in the London Marathon. Early donations to his fundraising page will help him get well on the way to achieving that target as he begins to train in earnst.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.
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