‘Batman, Spiderman and Iron Man running along the east coast of the UK‘ might sound like the start of a joke, but in actual fact these three superheroes are fundraising for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and they’re doing it in style.
Paul Greensides, Lee Vinny Jones and John Figiel are running for 17 consecutive days up the east coast of the UK; the total distance is over 400 miles and they will be averaging around a marathon per day. Not content with the challenge as it was, the trio will be doing this huge feat dressed as Spiderman, Batman and Iron Man respectively.
When asked why they chose this particular charity, the men told us that they each live minutes away from their local RNLI stations and have friends who serve on the crew, so the charity was the obvious choice. They told us “We decided that due to the perilous work the R.N.L.I. carry out daily, that the most fitting way to run, was in superhero costumes. We see what they do, their bravery and, as regular beach and sea users, we are very conscious of their work“.
The RNLI provide an on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With costs of around £385,000 per day to run the services, every penny of which is generously donated by the public, they rely entirely on the fundraising of people like Paul, Lee and John. The RNLI point out that the running cost might sound like a lot but “with an average of 22 people rescued a day, [the costs] are worth it“.
The three superheroes will be calling at various RNLI stations on their 400 mile route and say that the costume choice was down to “reflecting the heroic work done by the volunteer RNLI crews.”
You can support Paul, Lee and John on their super challenge by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page.