Victory AC run 26 miles for the RNLI
On a fine Sunday in August, 48 Victory Athletic Club runners ran in the annual relay race round Hayling and raised £729 for the Hayling Lifeboat Station.
The runners are picked from a hat to form 12 teams of 4 with an equal mix of men and women. Each team runs a marathon (26 miles) with each team member running 3 of the legs which vary in distance but give each runner roughly 6.25 miles to run in total. Runners are handicapped based on recent previous form and this quite complex arrangement is organised by John Gallagher. The runners ranged in age from mid-20’s to John himself who was 76 at the time.
The relay starts and ends in Northney and loops off the Island round Brockhampton and back, down the Billy Trail to the Ferry Boat, then along the seafront to Eastoke and past the RNLI Station. Runners then weave their way through to Mill Rythe and then home into Northney. Each team uses a car to go to the change-over points which have been chosen to allow 12 cars to park!
Receiving the cheque Jonathan Bradbury, Lifeboat Operations Manager, pictured with John Gallagher and crew members said ‘We are once again delighted to have the support of Victory AC and to receive this generous donation which allows us to continue to go out and save lives around Hayling Island.’ John said’ We are delighted to support the RNLI and to continue this Hayling Relay which has now run for 14 years raising nearly £6000.’