Marathon runner Des, 65, goes the distance for Exmouth RNLI

Praise and thanks has been heaped on an Exmouth RNLI volunteer who went the extra mile and ran the London Marathon for the charity.

Des White, an Exmouth volunteer tour guide at the Queen’s Drive lifeboat station, presented the charity with £776 after he successfully ran the London Marathon in April.

This week Exmouth RNLI publicly thanked Des, aged 65, for his efforts raising sponsorship, running the 26.2miles in just over four hours.

Mike Gall, Exmouth lifeboat operations manager, said: “This was a truly remarkable achievement by Des.

“Everyone at the lifeboat station is grateful to Des for going the extra mile to raise funds for our local lifesaving charity and I would like to publicly thank him for his outstanding effort.”

Bill Lodge, Exmouth RNLI lifeboats visits officer, said: “On behalf of all of our volunteer tour guides at the station, I’d like to express our sincere gratitude to Des for his incredible effort and for raising this significant sum for Exmouth RNLI.”

Des, an Exmouth Harriers member who turned 65 in February, ran his first marathon in 1980. Since then he has successfully completed 17 London Marathons, three New York Marathons and he was the winner of the 1986 New Forest race.

He ran the 2019 London Marathon in four hours and 13 minutes; Des achieved his personal best in the 1987 London Marathon, which he ran in two hours, 26 minutes.


Des said: “I enjoy my work as a volunteer guide at the lifeboat station. I’m a member of Exmouth Harriers and I pass it most days on training runs, so to raise funds for Exmouth RNLI seemed the obvious choice.

“I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to all those who encouraged and sponsored me so I could raise these important funds for the lifesaving charity.”

Exmouth RNLI welcomes visitors to its Queen’s Drive lifeboat station.

Free guided tours lasting around half an hour take place every weekend, between 10am and 4pm, until the end of October; winter tours are between 11am and 3pm.

Additional weekday and evening tours are available.

A full schedule of visits and tours to the boathouse can be found at the lifeboat station shop, currently open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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