RNLI mascot Stormy Stan, whose ‘home’ is a cupboard at Lyme Regis lifeboat station, is running in this year’s London Marathon… with a little help from a former Penarth crew member.
Simon Marchant, a 41-year-old lorry driver who previously served with the Welsh crew, used social media to track down the Stormy Stan outfit in Lyme Regis.
Nick Marks, volunteer lifeboat operations manager in Lyme Regis, said: “Simon has raised many donations for our life-saving charity and we are delighted to let him borrow Stormy Stan for the marathon and, of course, we wish them both every success.”
Simon, who now lives in Willand, Cullumpton, will be taking time off from driving his HGV to take part in the marathon on April 25 to raise funds for the RNLI.
Before that he will be warming up by running in a half marathon in Tavistock, and the 108 miles from the RNLI’s Poole headquarters to the Tower lifeboat station on the Thames.
Eighteen months ago Simon ran 42 marathons in 42 days around the coast of Wales and has also cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
He tried on the mascot outfit for size one night this week and ran around Holmbush car park in Lyme Regis at 2am.
“I have got permission to make a minor adjustment to Stormy’s head so that I have better vision,” said Simon, “but fingers crossed, and with a few stops here and there, I hope to complete the marathon within eight hours.
“Stormy has a big head so I think other runners will give him a wide berth.”
Simon has a fundraising site for Stormy Stan at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stormystanlondonmarathon2020