Thursday, 25 August 2011

Welcome... our blog. We hope this will provide a place for everyone to follow us on our adventure of cycling around every lifeboat station in Britain aiming to raise £25,000 for the RNLI Lifeboats. Before we get underway, here is a little background for those of you that don't know us...

We (Nick and Rad) met at Canford School in 1996 and among other things, a shared passion for rowing paved the way to becaming great friends. We travelled through South America together before heading off to university.  Now both of us live in London and work 5 minutes from each other in the West End- Nick working for Knight Frank and Rad for a renewable energy development company.

Rad's connections with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) started young, he won a drawing competition with the RNLI's children's magazine when he was 10 years old- the brief was to 'design a lifeboat of the future'. Perhaps befitting his current career, he designed a boat which engine was powered by a wind turbine on the roof... the wind turbine was powered by the boat moving- genius! The judges clearly thought so as first place won a ride in one of the RNLI's new lifeboats. Many years later (2007) he decided to run the marathon for the RNLI and raised over £3000.

Nick has always had a stong connection to the sea having grown up on the Hampshire Coast in a village called Beaulieu. Summer holidays were spent sailing and waterskiing and like so many villages around Britain's coast, there is a shared understanding of the importance of supporting the RNLI.
We began this expedition in London, July 2010. Leaving Wandsworth we cycle to Paignton, Devon in 9 days. Below are a few photos from last year's trip.

Rad (left) and Nick (right) cycling through Purbeck during Stage 1 of the RNLI Tour of Britain in July 2010.
Nick cycling in East Sussex, July 2010

Rad and Nick chillin' under the white cliffs of Dover, July 2010

We couldn't cycle past this pub without stopping. We got 2 free pints and a £20 donation from the landlord! July 2010

Walmer Lifeboat Station, July 2010

The fantastic family of the Dungeoness Coxwain that let us camp in his garden, July 2010
Rad just past Whitstable, July 2010
Margate, July 2010
RNLI Headquarters at Poole, July 2010

Nick looking after Rad's bike- Whippet Jr. (RIP), Lyme Regis, July 2010

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