Steve Wynn, Oz Warren and Adrian Woolrich-Birt are used to saving lives as RNLI lifeboat crew based at Whitstable on the North Kent coast. All three are also keen runners and are about to put their fitness and team work to the test in an epic fundraising tour of Kent RNLI stations on Saturday, 25 March, totalling 118 miles in a non-stop relay.
Steve, Oz and Adrian will start at Gravesend RNLI station at 03:00 hours and will finish at Dungeness before midnight, passing RNLI stations at Sheerness, Leysdown, Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, Walmer, Dover and Littlestone en route.
The aim of the challenge is to promote awareness of the RNLI's Respect The Water campaign and raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. Each crewman will run 10-14 miles at a time, before handing the baton over to the next runner. If you think of a marathon and a half each... you won't be far wrong!
The RNLI provides a maritime search and rescue service around UK and Irish waters 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is entirely funded by voluntary donations from the public. They have 237 lifeboat stations and operate 444 lifeboats and its lifeguards patrol more than 200 beaches during the summer months. There were 8,462 lifeboat launches in 2014 and 8,727 people were rescued.
The three intrepid runners will be supported by volunteers from Whitstable Lifeboat Station along the route, manning support vehicles, offering words of wisdom and very possibly cake! If anyone would like to don their trainers to run a mile with the guys, the support would be gratefully received.
Full details of this worthwhile effort are on the RNLI Kent Coast Challenge
justgiving page. The route and the runners' progress can be tracked on the Whitstable Lifeboat
website and further details are on Facebook here