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Byline: First-time marathon runner Libby Makinson is keen to take her place on the starting line at the 2015 London Marathon to raise money for the RNLI who rescued her twin at sea.
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Building on her success of completing the Great North Run for the RNLI six years ago dressed as a lifeboat, the 28-year-old Londoner will be putting on her running shoes again for 26.2 miles of pure endurance on 26 April.

Libby, who works as an architect at Farrells in London, explained that her passion for supporting the RNLI was rooted in her family’s connection to the water and a recent rescue of her twin brother by RNLI volunteers from Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Station when his friend’s yacht ran aground on a trip from Suffolk to Dartmouth.

Libby said: ‘Being out on the water runs in my family. My brother and dad are keen sailors as well as my brother being a chief mate in the Merchant Navy for his day job too, so it’s nice to know a big orange lifeboat could be there if they ever needed it to be.’

Commenting on her training so far, Libby said: ‘I’ve achieved my major training milestone. Mentally I decided it would be really great to do 22 miles three Sundays before the Marathon so I went for it with my brother as bike support!  I never imagined it was possible to run such distances but I’ve steadily built up a by mile a week on my training runs. It has been a massive time commitment but it will be worth it to raise funds for a cause that is close to my heart.

‘I enjoy running to work in the morning but it’s got to the stage where I’ve had to take the long route round and then some, just to get enough miles in for my training!’

Libby successfully ran a half marathon in October to kick-start her preparation and began building up her training in mid-November. Sundays are earmarked for Libby’s weekly long-distance run as part of her gruelling schedule.

Libby added: ‘As a recreational low mileage runner I had to increase my distances gradually before entering the 16-week final phase. My training has gone well and I’m really looking forward to enjoying the big day.’

To sponsor Libby visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/libbymak  

Notes to editors:

Photo Caption – Libby Makinson ready for training

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Ruth Bessant, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 336789 or ruth_bessant@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

Byline: First-time marathon runner Libby Makinson is keen to take her place on the starting line at the 2015 London Marathon to raise money for the RNLI who rescued her twin at sea.
Page Content:

Building on her success of completing the Great North Run for the RNLI six years ago dressed as a lifeboat, the 28-year-old Londoner will be putting on her running shoes again for 26.2 miles of pure endurance on 26 April.


Libby, who works as an architect at Farrells in London, explained that her passion for supporting the RNLI was rooted in her family’s connection to the water and a recent rescue of her twin brother by RNLI volunteers from Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Station when his friend’s yacht ran aground on a trip from Suffolk to Dartmouth.


Libby said: ‘Being out on the water runs in my family. My brother and dad are keen sailors as well as my brother being a chief mate in the Merchant Navy for his day job too, so it’s nice to know a big orange lifeboat could be there if they ever needed it to be.’


Commenting on her training so far, Libby said: ‘I’ve achieved my major training milestone. Mentally I decided it would be really great to do 22 miles three Sundays before the Marathon so I went for it with my brother as bike support!  I never imagined it was possible to run such distances but I’ve steadily built up a by mile a week on my training runs. It has been a massive time commitment but it will be worth it to raise funds for a cause that is close to my heart.


‘I enjoy running to work in the morning but it’s got to the stage where I’ve had to take the long route round and then some, just to get enough miles in for my training!’


Libby successfully ran a half marathon in October to kick-start her preparation and began building up her training in mid-November. Sundays are earmarked for Libby’s weekly long-distance run as part of her gruelling schedule.


Libby added: ‘As a recreational low mileage runner I had to increase my distances gradually before entering the 16-week final phase. My training has gone well and I’m really looking forward to enjoying the big day.’


To sponsor Libby visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/libbymak  

Notes to editors:

Photo Caption – Libby Makinson ready for training

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Ruth Bessant, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 336789 or ruth_bessant@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press