On Sunday 11th December 2022
Photo credit : Pat O'Hare
RNLI’s mascot Stormy Stan launching the event with Newcastle RNLI Coxswain Niall McMurray, station mechanic Shane Rice, crew member Andrew Lynas, Deputy Launching Authority Sean McConkey and Councillor Laura Devlin
Newcastle RNLI has launched a festive 10K, 5K and one mile fun run to help save lives at sea.
Appealing to the seasoned athlete as well as families and fun runners wanting to get some exercise while getting into the Christmas spirit, the event will take place on Sunday 11 December around the Castlewellan Lake on a mainly flat terrain.
The 10K and 5K events will be chip-timed with prizes for the winners and an iconic RNLI all-weather lifeboat medal for all participants. The one-mile Christmas dash meanwhile, is open to everyone and suitable for those bringing families and those with prams and/or pets. While fun runners won’t be timed, they too will receive a Christmas medal for their efforts. There will also be prizes for the most festive costumes.
The all important bling!
For those who can’t do the run on the day but would still like to take part, there will be a virtual option. Simply do the 10K in your own time, send Strava/Garmin or equivalent evidence of completion to RNLI Community Manager Nuala Muldoon at Nuala_Muldoon@rnli.org and you will receive a medal in the post.
Speaking ahead of the event, RNLI Community Manager Nuala Muldoon, said: ‘This is a wonderful Christmas event with options to be competitive in either the 10K or 5K, to enjoy the fun run with family or friends, or do it in your own spare time virtually. We want people to really get into the Christmas spirit by dressing up, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a well-deserved mince pie and some Christmas fun at the finish line.
‘All proceeds raised from the Castlewellan event will go to Newcastle RNLI. Every time a RNLI crew launches, they are determined to save every one. But they can’t do that without the generosity of the public who support events such as these and raise vital funds. By taking on the Castlewellan 10K/5K or one mile fun run, participants are helping to keep our volunteers safe. Every penny they raise makes a difference. It helps the charity to recruit and train volunteers and could fund the kit they need to protect themselves. It helps ensure a lifeboat is ready when the call comes and it enables our safety advice to reach as many people as possible so they can stay safe by the water.’
In 2021, lifeboats at Northern Ireland’s 10 stations launched 297 times bringing 370 people to safety, seven of whom were lives saved. During the lifeguard season, RNLI teams located on 11 beaches along the Causeway Coast and in county Down, responded to 330 incidents, coming to the aid of 384 people, one of whom was a life saved.
To register for the Castlewellan 10K/5K and one-mile festive fun run on Sunday 11 December, click on this link: https://www.racespace.com/gb/rnli-2/castlewellan-10k-and-1-mile-christmas-funrun