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Royal National Lifeboat Institution

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution

With Hull’s maritime history, proximity to the North Sea coast and a marathon route that takes runners over and alongside Hull’s rivers, marina and docklands it’s very appropriate that one of our charity partners for 2017 is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The RNLI provides a 24-hour search and rescue service in the UK and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations – 4 of them in our local area: Bridlington, Withernsea, Spurn Point and Cleethorpes. Volunteers make up 95% of staff, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. The RNLI also has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk. Since it was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives

Amy Casbolt, RNLI Fundraising Manager said: “The RNLI is delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities for the RB Hull Marathon. The newly revamped event will provide a fantastic opportunity for people to take on an exciting challenge while knowing that every step is helping to save lives at sea. We’d love it if people signed up as soon as possible and ran on our behalf. We’ll provide people with an RNLI running vest, sponsor forms and of course lots of cheering and encouragement on the day.”

The RNLI is a charity and relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. If you would like to run the RB Hull Marathon for the RNLI and raise funds to help save lives at sea please email or phone 0300 300 9908. There is no minimum sponsorship.

Tune in to Estuary TV this week to listen to an interview with Matt McNally from Cleethorpes Lifeboat Station. He’ll be talking about the vital work he and his colleagues do and encouraging people to run to raise funds for the RNLI.


As part of this week’s feature on charity partner RNLI we’d like to introduce Matt McNally, from RNLI Cleethorpes.

Matt joined up as a volunteer crew member 4½ years ago and in addition to his role on the lifeboat he's taken on extra duties as the Cleethorpes station’s Press Officer and Fundraising Secretary. Not content to leave the fundraising to others, Matt took up running earlier this year to raise money for the RNLI and has since run the Lincoln 10k in a very respectable 55 minutes. He’ll be running the Great Grimsby 10k on Sunday, the ABP Coastal Half in September and has entered the ballot for a place in the London Marathon next year. If all goes well he hopes to run the 2018 Hull Marathon. Matt also runs at Cleethorpes parkrun whenever he can and has a PB of 25:09.

Matt said: “Running is a great personal challenge - especially a marathon distance - and it's very similar to the personal challenges we see as volunteer crew when we go out on a shout - we're challenged physically and mentally in many different ways, and have to commit lots of time to be ready for those challenges. Distance runners make similar commitments, and that they can do that to raise the funds our crews need to carry out their role is a really good thing.”

Matt explained why runners should consider raising funds for the RNLI: “Our lifeboats and lifeguards are funded by public contributions, so the money raised will enable us to continue saving lives at sea around the East Yorkshire coast through our lifeboat stations at RNLI Cleethorpes , RNLI - Humber Lifeboat Station at Spurn Point,  RNLI Withernsea and Bridlington, and our lifeguarded beaches in the area.”

Matt is planning to be part of the cheer squad at the RB Hull Marathon on 24 September and may be in disguise as Stormy Stan, the RNLI mascot. He said: “Running for us will enable people to feel a part of the team - we'll have plenty of people around on the day to cheer our runners on and support them before and after the race.”

To sign up to run the RB Hull Marathon or relays to raise funds for the RNLI please email: or call: 0300 300 9908 for more details. 

Matt was interviewed live on Estuary TV on Monday. To watch the recording go to -06:05 at


Matt Woodhouse will be representing charity partner RNLI in this year’s RB Hull Marathon to raise funds to help lifeboats in our region to save lives at sea.

Matt is a third generation helmsman with the RNLI Withernsea lifeboat, following proudly in the steps of his dad and grandad. He is also a volunteer crewman at RNLI - Humber Lifeboat Station on Spurn Point and spends 48 hours a month on shift there. In addition to his voluntary work for the RNLI Matt works as a manager at Tesco in Hornsea.

Three years ago Matt started running to lose weight and get fit and since then he’s run the London Marathon twice and the Jane Tomlinson Run for All Hull 10K three times. 10k is his favourite distance and he has a PB of 48:03. He ran this year’s Hull 10k in his lifeboat kit to raise awareness as well as funds for the RNLI. He finished in 90 minutes despite the 30 degree heat and huge blisters from running in his wellies. His best time for a marathon stands at 5 hours 19 but he’s hoping to run sub 5 hours in Hull. He will not be wearing his lifeboat kit!

Training for a marathon is a big commitment on top of Matt’s busy life. He finds it easier to run before work so gets up early and heads out along the beach to clock up the miles.

Matt is a big Hull City fan so he’s really looking forward to finishing the marathon inside the KCOM Stadium. He said: “It will be great to cross the finish line inside a stadium where I've had many highs (as well as many lows) before.” We’re sure it will be a huge high for Matt on 24 September when he finishes his third marathon.

If you’d like to join Matt on the start line and raise funds for the RNLI sign up for the marathon or relay at
then contact the RNLI by email at or phone 0300 300 9908.

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