Bude’s Annual Lifeboat Run

As Outdoor Adventure, Bude Surf School we feel incredibly proud to have been able to sponsor the Bude Lifeboat Run for the past 10 years.  It is a wonderful event that brings the community together and is for anyone of any age – the youngest participant this year was just 2 years old!

Some words from the event organiser:

For the third year in ten the Bude Lifeboat Run was sold out well before race day for the Senior 6 mile multi-terrain race. And a record number of children ran the Junior 1 mile race for those 15yrs and under. The 1 mile course follows a safe route around Bude’s cycleways and canal towpath with the 450 Seniors venturing farther afield over the Whalesborough estate on a 6 mile course. Staff of both Town Council and Cormac should be thanked for ensuring the route around Bude marshes was in such good condition.

Competition was at its very best and the evening was a resounding success for organisers, volunteers, participants and sponsors alike. Main sponsor Outdoor Adventure and organisers Bude Run and Tri saw two strongly contested races in this RNLI fundraising event. This year’s Junior run School Year 7&Above winners were Jamie Milson from Bideford College School in a new record time of 5mins 28secs and Sophie Shute from Budehaven Community School in 6min 48sec. Other School Year winners were Saul Barraclough and Niall Slade of Bradworthy Primary, Ella Shaw and Harrison Shaw of St Joseph’s, Poppy Cornish of Monkleigh Primary, Jimi McCormack of Bude Infants, Coco Arthur of Marhamchurch Primary, Janosh Balsdon of Warbstow Primary, Alexa Lyon of Bude Junior, Eloise Beagle of Stratton Primary, Lucas Bisby of Bude Juniors, Freya Woodhead of St Mary’s Primary.

The youngest finisher, two year old Zakk Easden, demonstrated the Lifeboat Run is a run for all. And with 48 different schools being represented the School’s Trophy, donated by Bude Run and Tri, was hotly contested with Warbstow Community Primary winning for a second year with 49% of school pupils taking part.
The Senior Race, part of the Cornish Multi-Terrain Race series, is a 6 miles, single lap course using 2 miles of flat cycle-ways for the route out, 3 miles of flat canal towpath for the route back and a connecting 1 mile hilly cross country footpath around the Whalesborough estate.
Spectators watched an exciting sprint to the line won by Jonny Colaco of Newquay Road Runners in 34 minutes and 39 seconds with 2nd placed Mike Clark of South Molten Strugglers just 2 seconds behind. Truro Running Club athlete, Alex Marples, was 3rd in 34mins 57secs. The Ladies winner was Jodi Bennett in 37mins 07secs with Wendy Chapman 37mins 49 seconds in 2nd place and last year’s winner, Hannah Astley, in 3rd. The first three in both Male and Female races were presented with amazing hampers kindly donated by Lidl. Lidl also donated wonderful cakes for all the category winners as well as bottled water for every runner.

Local businesses are tremendously supportive. Since 2010 Outdoor Adventure, an activity centre based near Widemouth Bay, has been the event’s main sponsor. Bude Rugby Club host the Race HQ, local scaffolding firm Bude Tubes kindly erect an impressive Finish gantry and Lidl provide high-quality category goodies for all. Local sports shop HPT Sport regularly donates team trophies and kit storage is managed with the use of a trailer supplied by Bott Ltd. Another generous partner of the event is accountancy firm Metherell Gard who have supported the event since inception. After our tenth year, the Bude Lifeboat Run has raised equivalent funds to pay for an Inshore Safety Boat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Stephen Hutchinson Race Director said ‘A special thank you must be given to the 100 or so marshals around the course and Race Centre, RNLI Lifeguards who provide first aid cover and the Lifeboat Crew who provide the barbecue.’