RNLI volunteer Arthur Ormesher launches London Marathon challenge
A lifeboat volunteer says his experiences at sea have
inspired him to run the London Marathon to raise money for the
Arthur Ormesher, of Medway Road, Sheerness, is taking part in
the 26-mile race on Sunday, April 21.
The 20-year-old has been a crew member on both the inshore and
all-weather lifeboats at the station in Sheerness docks since he
Although he is in his second year of a Transport and Business
Management degree at Loughborough University, he keeps his
commitments during the holidays when he is back home.
Arthur said: “I get to see how the money is spent and how the
money works, being on the boat myself and being able to work as one
“The operations are so expensive to do yet so many lives are
saved as a consequence.”
The student has previously taken part in the Paul Trigwell
10-mile Island run and tried to enter the London Marathon last
year, but was unsuccessful.
He said: “I have always wanted to do it and this year I was
lucky enough to get through on the ballot; it’s a bit of a
“I feel a bit nervous about it because obviously it’s going to
take a lot out of me, but hopefully, if all the training I am doing
comes together, I feel confident I will be able to do it because I
try to keep fit anyway.”
At the moment he is regularly running distances of two to three
miles to develop his running technique, as well as a 10-mile run
each week to build up his stamina.
He is planning to step it up soon as the date looms ever
A total of £140 has been raised so far, including one donation
of £100, towards a target of £500.
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