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Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is celebrating an inspirational group of people running for the charity in the Virgin Money London Marathon this year.
Page Content: They include a Naval Officer, a heart attack survivor and even a real superhero. And it’s not too late for those with a place in the race to choose to run in aid of the charity that saves lives at sea.

Offering the chance to achieve that elusive personal best while helping out the charity that saves 22 people per day, all of this year’s RNLI runners have their own moving stories of support including:

• Simon Hansen – a Warrant Officer 2nd Class Weapon Engineer in the Royal Navy, who has been training while on deployment on board HMS Westminster. Simon has been running marathons since 2009, though this year his training had to be conducted on board the ship, which involves running laps around the upper deck.

• Lee Popplewell – a heart attack survivor who has fought to regain his fitness over the last 18 months to run the London Marathon.

• Sara Elliot – a mother whose son was rescued by an RNLI group when he and his friends became cut off on a rocky outcrop by the approaching tide.

• Kate Bull – the sister of a helicopter crash survivor who was rescued at sea as part of a multi-agency effort last August.

• Charlotte Tallack and Peta Cornish – childhood friends running in support of Charlotte’s father Robert Lindsey Tallack who died in a tragic sea accident in 2011.

• John Figiel – the organiser of a three-man team who, dressed as superheroes, will be running the London Marathon, Great North Run and a 35-mile ultra-marathon this year followed by (and in preparation for) a 400-mile run in August 2015 from Norfolk to Newcastle. Completing approximately one marathon a day for 18 days, the run will finish with the 2015 Great North Run with the aim of raising £10,000 for the RNLI.

Those running for the RNLI can find inspirational ideas and RNLI fundraising packs at www.rnli.org.uk/howtosupportus and swap training tips @RNLI using the #VMLM hashtag.

For those who would like to donate to these runners through their Justgiving.com pages below:
www.virginmoneygiving.com/SaraElliott
http://www.justgiving.com/Peta-Cornish,
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charlotteTallack
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeePopplewell4theRNLI
virginmoneygiving.com/greatsuperherorun

Notes to editors
For more information or images of the above case studies contact Joanna Dey, PR Officer (Campaigns) on joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336064. Or contact pressoffice@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336789.

Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is celebrating an inspirational group of people running for the charity in the Virgin Money London Marathon this year.
Page Content: They include a Naval Officer, a heart attack survivor and even a real superhero. And it’s not too late for those with a place in the race to choose to run in aid of the charity that saves lives at sea.

Offering the chance to achieve that elusive personal best while helping out the charity that saves 22 people per day, all of this year’s RNLI runners have their own moving stories of support including:

• Simon Hansen - a Warrant Officer 2nd Class Weapon Engineer in the Royal Navy, who has been training while on deployment on board HMS Westminster. Simon has been running marathons since 2009, though this year his training had to be conducted on board the ship, which involves running laps around the upper deck.

• Lee Popplewell – a heart attack survivor who has fought to regain his fitness over the last 18 months to run the London Marathon.

• Sara Elliot – a mother whose son was rescued by an RNLI group when he and his friends became cut off on a rocky outcrop by the approaching tide.

• Kate Bull – the sister of a helicopter crash survivor who was rescued at sea as part of a multi-agency effort last August.

• Charlotte Tallack and Peta Cornish – childhood friends running in support of Charlotte’s father Robert Lindsey Tallack who died in a tragic sea accident in 2011.

• John Figiel – the organiser of a three-man team who, dressed as superheroes, will be running the London Marathon, Great North Run and a 35-mile ultra-marathon this year followed by (and in preparation for) a 400-mile run in August 2015 from Norfolk to Newcastle. Completing approximately one marathon a day for 18 days, the run will finish with the 2015 Great North Run with the aim of raising £10,000 for the RNLI.

Those running for the RNLI can find inspirational ideas and RNLI fundraising packs at www.rnli.org.uk/howtosupportus and swap training tips @RNLI using the #VMLM hashtag.

For those who would like to donate to these runners through their Justgiving.com pages below:
www.virginmoneygiving.com/SaraElliott
http://www.justgiving.com/Peta-Cornish,
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charlotteTallack
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeePopplewell4theRNLI
virginmoneygiving.com/greatsuperherorun

Notes to editors
For more information or images of the above case studies contact Joanna Dey, PR Officer (Campaigns) on joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336064. Or contact pressoffice@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336789.