The RNLI Kent Coast Challenge
On the 25th of March 2017, three serving Whitstable Lifeboat crewmen, Adrian, Steve and Oz, are running a 118 mile relay around the coast of Kent. Starting at Gravesend RNLI station, the run will visit each Kent RNLI station as well as Leysdown Lifeguard Station en route to Dungeness RNLI.
The aim of the challenge to promote awareness of the Respect The Water campaign and raise money for the RNLI: the charity that saves lives at sea. Each runner will take on a leg of the run, between 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!
Gravesend RNLI – 03:00
RNLI Sheerness lifeboat – 07.30
Leysdown Lifeguard Station: 09.15
Whitstable Lifeboat Station – 10.00
RNLI Margate lifeboat – 13.40
RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat – 15.00
RNLI Walmer Lifeboat – 17.28
Dover RNLI Lifeboat Station – 19.00
Littlestone Lifeboat Station – 22.28
RNLI Dungeness Lifeboat station – 23.00
The challenging 118 mile course will pass all Lifeboat stations in Kent which are: Gravesend, Sheerness, Leysdown (Lifeguard station), Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, Walmer, Dover, Littlestone & Dungeness.
The three intrepid runners will be supported by other volunteers from the Whitstable Lifeboat Station along the route; manning the support vehicles, offering kind words and wisdom and very possibly cake! If anyone would like to don their trainers to run a mile with the guys the support would be greatly received.
Please remember to visit this page to check on the progress of the runners using the live tracking facility on this page.
Steve ran his first marathon in November 2016 at the prestigious New York City Marathon. Hopefully this challenge will set him up nicely for a PB time at the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2017. Steve has been an RNLI volunteer at Whitstable for 5 years and is a police officer in his spare time.
Oz has been trail running since his early teens and has competed in mad challenges such as ultra marathons, mountain races and ToughGuy. He settles for a more gentile pace now after smashing marathon PB’s of 2:52 and an Ultra in 8:10! Oz says he joined the RNLI to give something back to the world and freeze his nuts off!
Trainee Lifeboat Crew
Adrian is the ripe old age of 47 and is married with two children, Hugo and Esme. He’s been running since school where he was the cross country captain.x-country. 10 years as an RAF aircrew kept him busy before taking up his current role as a Boeing 737-800 Captain and post grad student at LSE, University of London. Adrian runs 2 or 3 marathons a year with his best marathon time being 3.15… and his worst 5.45 (after getting drunk the night before, oversleeping, running 6 miles to the start).