Kyle RNLI Crew member completes charity challenge
Daniel Elliot completed his '9 peaks of Kintail' challenge in just over 10 hours raising over £4750
Last Saturday (9th July), Kyle RNLI Crew member Daniel Elliot undertook his fundraising run and cycle. He started at 7am in Morvich and ran 26.7 miles over 9 'Munro' mountains with 11,479 feet of ascent along the way, before jumping on his bike and cycling back to the lifeboat station in Kyle. Daniel arrived back at the station just after 5pm, where a large crowd were gathered to cheer him over the finish line.
Daniel has been a lifeboat crew member for 3 years, and decided he would like to do something to raise funds towards the running of the lifeboat station due to the fact the pandemic had halted almost all fundraising activities over the past couple of years. His original target was £3100 which will help towards the costs of the equipment and training of some new volunteers who have just joined the crew.
Along the way, one of the Munros Daniel was running, was the favourite walk of one of our station stalwarts, Pat Mucklow, who recently passed away. Daniel took a small bouquet of flowers and an RNLI pin badge to leave at the top in her memory.
Speaking of his challenge, Daniel said "I wanted to raise much needed funds for kit and training for the new crew members. Some of the ascents were difficult, and at times I was scrambling on all fours, however my dad came and joined me on Munro number 4, bringing me much needed water and a morale boost. The weather was good, however later on the heat began to be a bit of an issue. I completed the run in 9 hours and 15 minutes, and then jumped on my bike. There was a brisk headwind which was tough, however when I reached Kyle, the lifeboat crew & families, local pipe band and fire brigade were all on hand to welcome me home. I’d like to thank the Kyle RNLI team, the public & local businesses for their support and generous donations. Also not forgetting my family who have supported me with my training, and my dad who completed the second half of challenge alongside me ".
If anyone would still like to donate, Daniels fundraising page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/9peaksofkintail
Notes to editors
· Please credit the pictures to Kyle RNLI
· Daniel would like to thank you all for the amazing coverage you have given him, which has definitely helped with surpass his fundraising target
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