Annual Leg It will be boost to RNLI appeal

A previous Leg It For the Lifeboats run at Lytham
A previous Leg It For the Lifeboats run at Lytham

Lytham St Annes RNLI officials are hoping for a major boost to their cash appeal towards a new lifeboat when hundreds of runners take to the seafront this weekend.

Sunday’s Leg It For the Shannon event will cover a 5k course between Lytham and St Annes stations, with all proceeds going towards the £275,000 appeal to help cover the cost of the new state-of-the-art Shannon craft due at the St Annes station next year.

It’s a great cause and anything that gets people running is good in my book

The bulk of the £2.2m cost of the Shannon is being funded by a legacy from a Hampshire-based RNLI supporter but officials are hoping the run, which has attracted hundreds of runners and raised thousands of pounds for the RNLI as Leg It For the Lifeboats for the last three years, will provide another bumper boost to the fund which has already topped £80,000.

The aim of the Leg It event is to give the participants a fun day out as well as to raise funds and all ages are welcome, with fancy dress optional.

It begins at 11am and will be started by Preston-born Olympian Helen Clitheroe, who said: “I’m really looking forward to starting the race and supporting the event.

“It’s a great cause and anything that gets people running is good in my book.”

Alison Young, secretary of the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station Lifeboat fund-raising and appeal committee, said: “We are thrilled to have a Team GB Olympic athlete to start our run.

“It is great for such a star to help the RNLI raise funds to save lives at sea.”

Officials have been encouraged by advance interest show in the run and entries will be accepted on the day from 9.30am, with participants ferried from St Annes to the start point at Lytham by vintage bus.

Further details at www.lythamlifeboats.co.uk or by emailing fundraising@lythamlifeboats.co.uk.