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Published: June 15, 2008
Burnham lifeboat supporters complete 90-mile fundraising bike ride

A team of Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station supporters completed a 90-mile sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for the charity on Saturday (June 14th).

The team - called 'Coast To Coast' - set off on their bikes from Burnham lifeboat station in Pier Street and cycled to the RNLI's HQ in Poole, Dorset.

The team included Burnham RNLI crewmembers Tim Walters, James Morris and Ian Tench, who are pictured on the right with Street fundraiser Tony Whitcombe. The crew have already raised over £1,000 via the Just Giving website here.

At the mass start outside Burnham lifeboat station (pictured above), a total of 14 supporters from Street also embarked on their own 'three peaks challenge', visiting Barrow Mump at Burrowbridge, Glastonbury Tor, and Brent Knoll via a sixty mile circular route, and returning to finish at Burnham Lifeboat station.

The group's gruelling feat had was generously backed by local businesses. "Our main sponsors were Ortholite, Guarantee Laundries, who donated cash and practical support, and Clark’s Shoes," explained Graham Foote, a Street area supporter.

And Burnham RNLI Press Officer Mike Lang added: "Other sponsors included Home Farm Caravan park, who loaned a support vehicle, GW Hurleys of Burnham, and Waymouth Signs."

He added: "Team Coast2Coast left Burnham at 9am and arrived at the RNLI College at 3.30pm, having stopped for an hour's rest during the journey."

Coast2Coast cyclist Tim Walters, a Burnham RNLI crewman, said he was delighted with how the event had gone. He said: "The weather was in our favour for what proved to be an enjoyable day. There were lots of hills, but we exceeded our arrival expectations."

Street supporters, with one of their support vehicles, before their mass start

The cyclists left Burnham promptly at 9am at the start of the event.


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