LARS supports RNLI Reindeer Run whilst two crews battle the gales

RNLI Reindeer Run through the grounds of Knowsley Hall

RNLI Reindeer Run through the grounds of Knowsley Hall

Three members of the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society braved the elements today marshalling on the RNLI Reindeer Run which was held at Knowsley Safari Park, on the outskirts of Liverpool, and which ran through the grounds of neighbouring Knowsley Hall.

Gordon (M6CWA), Chris (M6XJP) and Derek (G7LFC) were on station at 08:00 and finished just before 11:00. Fortunately, the worst of the rain had passed by the time they arrived, but high winds continued but failed to dampen the spirits of the eight hundred competitors.

Two courses ran throughout the event, a 10Km and a shorter 5Km one. All competitors did extremely well and it is hoped that they will have raised lots of money for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) which, traditionally, around £15,000 for the  each year from the event.

Whilst the event was in progress, other members of the RNLI team were battling the elements in an altogether different environment. Earlier in the morning a cargo vessel sank in the Irish Sea in gale force winds off the nearby North Wales coast. Two lifeboats from Porthdinllaen and Pwllheli, together with four rescue helicopters from the RAF and Irish Coastguard, are currently searching the area for six crew members who have entered the water – two were winched to safety by RAF chopper earlier.

Our thoughts are with the crews of the two lifeboats at this time.

Mayday! Mayday! – new on ITV

Mayday Mayday - new ITV1 series starts on 13th September at 19:30

Mayday Mayday - new ITV1 series starts on 13th September at 19:30

A new series starts on Tuesday, 13th September, at 19:30 on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.

Mayday! Mayday! brings you footage from actual rescues around the UK and Ireland by the brave crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

This has to be a big DON’T MISS IT for all lifeboat enthusiasts – but don’t forget, you can always watch it on ITV Player for up to thrity days after airing if you do.

For further details please visit the ITV1 web site.

Save 40% in the LARS Bookshop

There is a book to accompany the series – why not buy it through our on-line book service and save yourself money.

RRP is £20.00, you can buy it through our shop for just £11.80, saving more than £8 (41%).

M6XJP walks walks across Morecambe Bay for the RNLI

The RNLI Cross Bay Walk, also known as the Morecambe Bay Walk, took place on the 25th June.

The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society established a special event station at Holker Hall, the finishing point for the walk, under the callsign GB5RNLI. However, we also, rather fiendishly, thought it would be a good idea to send Chris (M6XJP), our Treasurer, on the walk as our roving reporter. He and his wife bravely tackled the event and here is his story (also have a look at his image gallery) – thanks Chris (and Mrs Chris)… read more

GB5RNLI & GB6RNLI to promote the RNLI

On the 25th June, 2011, GB5RNLI will be operational from Holker Hall to promote the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Morecambe Bay Walk. Holker Hall marks the end of the walk.

Also on the 25th, GB6RNLI, will be operating from a car on the sea front at Arnside, the starting point for the sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay.

The following day, 26th June, both station’s operators move south to Stockport for the International Model Lifeboat Rally and will be operating under the GB5RNLI callsign with grateful assistance from the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club.

Please do listen out for the three stations and work them if you can on HF/VHF on the 25th and HF on the 26th.