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Porthcawl RNLI crew member, Gareth Charnock to run the TCS London Marathon 2023

Lifeboats News Release

Porthcawl RNLI is delighted that one of its own volunteer crew, Gareth Charnock has been selected to run for the RNLI in this years TCS London Marathon.

Gareth running on Porthcawl seafront

Porthcawl RNLI/Stephen Jones

Gareth running on Porthcawl seafront
Gareth said: 'I have been a volunteer at Porthcawl RNLI for almost 7 years and in that time I've been involved in numerous incidents and rescues. I've seen first hand how public donations to the charity save lives, which is why I wanted to take on this challenge and raise further funds for saving lives at sea at Porthcawl.

'As the owner of the local gym, Porthcawl Health and Fitness, I'm looking forward to the personal challenge of running the TCS London Marathon and I was really pleased to have been chosen for an RNLI charity place. I've been running in shorter events for some time and recently ran the Hoka Half Marathon but this will be my first full marathon. It will also be the first time I've visited London, so I'm looking forward to seeing all the sights and landmarks too.

‘Too many people are still drowning off the coast of the UK and Ireland and more than ever, we need the RNLI. As a charity, we depend on donations so we can go on saving lives and keeping us and our loved ones safe.’

Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat operations manager, Philip Missen MBE said: 'as a station we're very proud of Gareth. He
is a great example of how far our crews are willing to go to support us. Not only is Gareth an integral part of our volunteer crew at Porthcawl but he is no stranger to raising funds for us either. Over the years he has organised regular fundraising events for us, often getting his gym members involved too.

‘The RNLI is proud of its long heritage and tradition of voluntary fundraising, and it is only thanks to thousands of people like Gareth, willing to go out of their way to raise funds, that we can continue to save lives at sea.’

To donate to Gareth's fundraising page: Gareth Charnock is fundraising for RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution (justgiving.com)


Gareth running past Porthcawl lifeboat station

Porthcawl RNLI/Stephen Jones

Gareth running past Porthcawl lifeboat station
Gareth and Stormy Stan stretching on Porthcawl seafront

Porthcawl RNLI/Stephen Jones

Gareth and Stormy Stan stretching on Porthcawl seafront
Gareth and Stormy Stan running on Porthcawl seafront

Porthcawl RNLI/Stephen Jones

Gareth and Stormy Stan running on Porthcawl seafront
Gareth and Stormy Stan stretching Porthcawl seafront

Porthcawl RNLI/Stephen Jones

Gareth and Stormy Stan stretching Porthcawl seafront
Gareth sat at helm of Porthcawl RNLI's Atlantic 85

Porthcawl RNLI/Stephen Jones

Gareth sat at helm of Porthcawl RNLI's Atlantic 85

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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