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Race proves success story for one and all

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 29, 2012

  • FIRST LADY: Jasmine Finney of Bude Rats. Jasmine is a local RNLI Lifeguard patrolling Crooklets beach in Bude.

  • LEADING THE WAY: Charlie Meredith, of Bude Rats, on his way to being first over the line in the one mile run.

  • BACKERS: Sponsoring the event were Outdoor Adventure from Bude. Pictured from left are Rob Byron, Drew Radley, Paul Finn (chairman Bude RNLI), Richard Gill, Andy Coombes, and Tom Murron.

  • MEDAL MAGIC: Pictured are the medal winners in the children's one mile run with Olympic Torch carrier Janet McCulley from Bude.

  • THEY'RE OFF: The start of the one mile run for youngsters at Bude Rugby Club.

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BOTH the senior and junior races of the fourth Bude Lifeboat Run were officially started by Janet McCulley, Bude's own Olympic Torch bearer on Wednesday at Bude Rugby Club and to top it off the event also had a record number of entrants.

With 115 juniors and 294 seniors taking part competition was high and the evening was a resounding success for organisers and participants alike.

Sponsored by Outdoor Adventure and organised by the Launceston Road Runners the RNLI fundraising event saw two strongly contested runs.

The first race starting at 6.30pm was the one mile junior race won by Charlie Meredith, aged 14, in an impressive six minutes and four seconds.

Showing that the Lifeboat Run is for everyone the youngest runner at just three years old was Poppy Clothier. Poppy completed the circuit in 19 minutes and 33 seconds.

The Senior Race of six miles was a single lap route using two miles of flat cycle-ways for the route out, three miles of flat canal towpath for the route back and a connecting one mile hilly cross country footpath around the Whalesborough estate.

Won by Kevin Heywood of Bideford AAC in 30 minutes and 33 seconds, Kevin set his team (Bideford AAC) in good stead to also be the overall winning affiliated team.

Mark Jenkin also of Bideford ACC came in second (33.08) closely followed by Daniel Alsop of St Austell RC (33.33).

The Outdoor Adventure team were overall winners of the non-affiliated teams with the Bude Lifeboat Crew coming in second.

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 marshaled by RNLI volunteers and all proceeds 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 the allowing us to use such splendid facilities.

For information about the race next year contact Stephen Hutchinson on 01288 352884 or budelifeboatrun@yahoo.co.uk

Supporters of the run are Bude Tubes Scaffolding, Metherell Gard Ltd, Computoz Systems, Gecko Headgear, The Weir and HPT Sport.

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