Welsh RNLI fundraisers home and dry after 747 mile cycle challenge

Lifeboats News Release

A group of Celtic rowers from Madog Yacht Club in Porthmadog are hoping for some final donations, as they prepare to present the RNLI with the final amount raised by cycling around Wales. They visited all 30 RNLI stations in Wales during the arduous challenge.


The team are given a warm welcome on arrival home in Criccieth

The team consisting of Jill and Richard Gloster, Isobel and Steve Weakes, Bob Chamberlain, Mike James and Ian Williamson are all members of the yacht club.

They began their cycle challenge on 5 September at Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat Station with an impressive and unexpected send off from RNLI volunteers, staff, friends, family and well-wishers.

They headed along the Llyn Peninsula, then round Anglesey, from Flint inland through Oswestry, Abergavenny and Cardiff. They headed along the coast with overnight stops in Swansea, Carmarthen, Pembroke, Newport, Aberaeron, Aberdyfi before arriving back at Criccieth, on 18 September to a fantastic welcome.

Ian Williamson said:

‘Having cycled 747.1 miles and ascended 42,674 feet, we certainly had a challenge. The weather was kind and only on a couple of occasions did we get absolutely soaked in the thunder storms. The picturesque scenery in Wales is mainly magnificent and compensated for the challenge ahead.

‘On behalf of the Criccieth 2 Criccieth 700 Team, I wish to thank everyone for their support, encouragement, and generous donations for our RNLI fundraising challenge.

‘We’d also like to thank all the RNLI volunteers and staff not only for making us most welcome when visiting their stations but for continuing to provide a 24 hour search and rescue service around the UK.’

Anyone able to get their fundraising efforts a final push, can visit:


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For more information, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales and the North West on 07886 668829. Alternatively, please call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336 789 or email [email protected].

Notes to editors

Please find attached j-peg images of the team at the beginning and end of their challenge.


The team set off from Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat Station

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