Fundraising at the heart of the RNLI
‘No one has ever become poor from giving. ’ Anne Frank
Scarborough RNLI's cross-country relay team returned to base this afternoon after running 145 miles from their lifeboathouse to Blackpool's.
A dozen crew members completed the run inside 24 hours, five less than they thought it would take.
On their return, they were greeted by colleagues who also showed visitors around the lifeboathouse.
Made it in under 24 hours!
Pictures and videos to follow.
It's just gone 18:00hrs and Area Lifesaving Manager, Dave Scott, has started his run just outside Blubberhouses. We're very sorry if you're caught up in that line of traffic, it's for a very good cause! All donations go towards saving lives at sea!
See donation page link below.
We've just reached Knaresborough and ILB Senior Helm / ALB Mechanic, Matt Marks has taken over! Show him some support!
Going at last
And they're off! After months of preparation, the 145-mile Scarborough to Blackpool relay run by Scarborough lifeboat crew set off in the dark at 7am today. Coxswain Lee Marton and deputy launching authority John Senior were interviewed live on air by BBC Radio York's Mike Kemp a few minutes before they left. The team was in high spirits. Pete McGeown was first to run, taking the steep Stepney Hill on the outskirts of town in his stride. Accompanied by three support vehicles, the team are taking it in turns to run from Scarborough lifeboat station to Blackpool's. They are each running about 10 miles, with some doing up to 30 miles over a 29-hour period today and tomorrow. Anyone who would like to make a donation should go to the Justgiving website and search for Scarborough to Blackpool or Lee Marton. In addition, each crew member will raise money through a sponsorship form and there will be bucket collections along the way.
Ready for off
A dozen Scarborough lifeboat crew have been training intensively for a 145-mile relay run from their lifeboat station to Blackpool's.
With less than a week to go, the runners are keen to get as fit as they can, to raise funds for the RNLI.
They will take turns to run 10 miles, with some doing up to 30 miles over a 29-hour period on 18 and 19 October.
Operation Scarblack, as it has been dubbed, will be a tough challenge as it passes through the Yorkshire Dales.
Two support vehicles will accompany the runners, one at the front, one at the back. The first one belongs to the RNLI; the second has been loaned by Scarborough Lions.
Live progress reports will be posted on this Facebook page.
Anyone who would like to chip in should go to the Justgiving website and search for Lee Marton. In addition, each crew member will raise money through a sponsorship form and there will be bucket collections along the way.
The photos show some of the runners in training on the beach, along with minibus drivers Erik Woolcott and Phil Chittenden.
If you want to pledge / donate money please go to Just Giving website (opens in new window or tab)
£500 was raised for Scarborough RNLI at a fish and chip supper at Walkers restaurant in East Ayton on Thursday. A fun quiz was hosted by Colin Woodhead, who chairs the lifeboat committee. The supper was organised by Scarborough RNLI's events team, who said they were very grateful to everyone who had helped, especially the restaurant staff.
Lands End to John OÂ’Groats moped ride raises funds
With a big birthday hoving into view, an RNLI supporter decided to celebrate by driving from Lands End to John O'Groats on a 10-year-old 49cc moped with a top speed of 30mph.
Col Stead, who will be 60 in November, spent four and a half days days in June driving 941 miles.
He had to use smaller roads as vehicles with engines smaller than 50cc aren't allowed on motorways.
He and his wife Karen bought a couple of spare wheels, hired a van and transported the four-stroke Piaggio Zip to Lands End. As Col slowly made his way north, Karen preceded him in the support van and waited at that night's stopping place. At journey's end, the moped went back in the van for the long drive home to Pickering.
Nothing went wrong: no punctures, no breakdowns, no mishaps. Being a long-distance lorry driver helped, as he knows all the roads. Col's employer, GE Smith of Malton, sponsored the fuel.
"I wanted to do something memorable, with my 60th coming up", said Col, who squeezed in a bit of tourism en route.
Through a Justgiving page and a collection tin, Col raised Â£591.25 for Scarborough RNLI, which he and Karen presented to lifeboat personnel today. Another Â£100 was donated to Redcar RNLI by a friend.
Col is planning another collection for the RNLI at his birthday party.