Over 115 juniors and 242 adults took part in the Lifeboat Run, an RNLI fundraising event in Bude, Cornwall, to raise money for the charity’s local branch.
The first race, starting at 6.30pm, was the one-mile junior race, won by 11-year-old Kieran Langman in an impressive six minutes and four seconds. And showing that the Lifeboat Run is for everyone, the youngest runner was Alexa Lyon who, believe it or not, managed to complete the circuit in 12 minutes and 34 seconds … at only three years old!
The six-mile senior race was a single-lap route, over two miles of flat cycleway on the way out, then a mile of hilly cross-country footpath around the Whalesborough estate, and finally three miles of flat canal towpath.
The race was won by Mark Jenkin of Bideford AAC in 32 minutes and 33 seconds; setting his team, Bideford AAC, in good stead to be the overall winner of the affiliated teams. Dan Alsop of St Austell Running Club came in second (33.19), closely followed by Dan Rodgers of Launceston Road Runners (33.47). The Outdoor Adventure team was overall winner of the non-affiliated teams, with the Bude Lifeboat Crew coming in second.
Bude Lifeboat Crew: (L-R) Jez Brown, Andrew Davies, Charlie Green and Andy Cloke Celebrating their second place
Race Director Stephen Hutchinson said: "A special mention must be given to all the marshals, who were highly praised by the runners for their guidance, instructions and encouragement around both courses.
"All the races were marshalled by RNLI volunteers, and all proceeds were donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea. A special thank you also goes to Bude Rugby Club for allowing us to use such splendid facilities."
For details about next year's race, contact race director Stephen Hutchinson on 01288-352884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.