Three members of the Whitstable Lifeboat Crew have completed the challenge of running between all of the lifeboat stations in Kent.
Adrian Woolrich-Burt and colleagues Oz Warren and Steve Wynn completed the 118-mile run in 21 hours 25 minutes running in relays, and sometimes together, each covered some 45-miles starting at Gravesend at 3.00pm on Saturday morning before running to Sheerness, Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, Walmer, Dover, Littlestone stations and finally arriving at Dungeness lifeboat at 00.25 on Sunday morning..
Steve Wynn said “Most of the route was straightforward although around Dover in the evening was tricky especially in the dark and a good crowd turned out for us at each of the stations with several people joining in either running or cycling with us and none of us have suffered any ill effects which is mainly down to the work of Andy Buckley and Judy Campbell of Team Buckley Physiotherapists who went beyond the call of duty to support us”.
Oz Warren said “Running around Rochester in the early hours was interesting with late night revellers around but the run from Whitstable to Margate was really gruelling running into a force 7 easterly wind and this was the only section in which I was concerned that I might not be able to complete the run but at least once around the North Foreland and between Sandwich and Dover the wind was behind us”
Adrian Woolrich-Burt continued the story “As Steve said the run around Dover was tricky especially when we were in search of a cliff top path that was not easy to find, but fortunately a passing moped rider a Jes Parker who had been following us on Facebook helped us find our route. Of course we could not have completed the run had it not been from the tremendous support, firstly from our own support team of Richard Curtis, Jason Collins and Liam Sidders, Liam also cycled 70-miles of the route and Team Buckley Physiotherapists and also the support from each of the stations and our followers on Facebook and Twitter”.
‘The aim of the challenge was to promote awareness for the Respect the Water campaign and raise money for the RNLI and as of Sunday we had raised around £1400”.
Adrian Woolrich-Burt is 47 and is married with two children, Hugo and Esme. He’s been running since school where he was the cross country captain. 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 3hrs.15.
Oz Warren 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 personal best of 2:52 and an Ultra in 8:10! Oz says he joined the RNLI to give something back to the world!
Steve Wynn, a police officer ran his first marathon in November 2016 at the prestigious New York City Marathon. Hopefully this challenge will set him up nicely for a personal best time at the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2017. Steve has been an RNLI volunteer at Whitstable for 5 years.