Posted by: brigid benson | December 2, 2011


Rescuers   Rhinos   Giraffe   Camel

I am in awe of the work of the RNLI and  HM Coastguard, lifesavers both.  While we are used to seeing the lifeguards flags and rescue gear on the beaches in summer, hard work to raise funds to keep the organisation afloat is done throughout the year. At the weekend I attended a sponsored fun run around Knowsley Safari Park in northwest England. Around 800 RNLI supporters took part. The route around the beautiful landscaped grounds of the safari park provided a glimpse of giraffe and elephant and after the race runners were invited to see more. Here are snaps taken on my phone camera.

RNLI kit at Godrevy, Cornwall

Surf rescue

Fund raising runners warm up before sponsored 10K race

'And on your left you'll see giraffe and elephant...'

Eye to eye: giraffe seen from the viewing platform

Docile but somewhat alarming curious camel

No negotiation. The cars stayed still and just waited...

For inspirational weekends around Britain see my book 52 Weekends by the Sea, available in all good bookshops and online. Visit to whet your appetite.

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