Ready, steady, sprint for the RNLI in Lincolnshire this summer
Friday 14 May 2010
Author: Deborah Heaton-Caffin
The charity’s Summer Sprint series, taking place at locations throughout the UK, is coming to Skegness beach and features a 10km and 5km beach run.
Funds raised from the Summer Sprint, which is taking place on Saturday, 7th August will support RNLI lifeguards patrolling beaches at Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea throughout the summer months.
RNLI Events Manager Lisa Rutter explained that while East Lindsey District Council continues to fund lifeguard wages, the RNLI provides all training and equipment costs.
She said: ‘Running lifeguard services on more than 150 beaches throughout England and Wales cost the RNLI £8M last year, which was raised entirely through voluntary contributions.
‘Having lifeguards on beaches saves lives, but 95% of the work that RNLI lifeguards do is actually preventative and supported by our national beach safety and schools education programme.’
She added: ‘Inviting people to take part in the sponsored Summer Sprint will not only be fun and challenging for the runners but will hopefully encourage them to learn more about the safest way to enjoy the beach.’
The RNLI lifeguards patrolling East Lindsey’s beaches will be leading by example and entering a team for the Summer Sprint. The run will round off a week-long series of activities designed to highlight the RNLI’s national Lifeguard Week, which runs from 31st July to 7th August.
Kelly Blackburn, RNLI Area Lifeguard Supervisor for East Lindsey, said: ‘It costs just £20 to provide a personal first aid kit for an RNLI lifeguard and £74 for a rescue tube, which aids flotation for casualties. The Summer Sprint offers runners the opportunity to really make a difference to our lifesaving service.’
Entry for the Skegness Summer Sprint 10km race is £12.50 and £10 for the 5km race. To guarantee a place, contact Lisa Rutter at the RNLI on 0161 787 8779 or download an application form by logging onto www.rnli.org.uk/summersprint or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org