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RNLI Cromer crew member to run 2 marathons

Cromer RNLI will be supporting Mearl in his challenge. We have let him tell why he is undertaking to run both Brighton and the London Marathon.


"My name is Mearl and I will be taking on this incredible challenge and fundraising in support of Mind for the London marathon. I will also be running the Brighton marathon for a warm up two weeks earlier. I have now gained entry to run London marathon for Mind mental health in April this year. Yes two marathons in two weeks.


Our story started in late 2017. Our son Nyall, started showing significant signs of mental health. He was having unpredictable moments of upset and anxiety, Nyall took the plunge and accepted help from agencies within the medical profession, however due to lack of resources and money it was all too late. Sadly our youngest son took his own life in January 2018, amazingly after 9 days in intensive care he came home. However he was given inadequate medical support once leaving hospital and within 2 months of his release he was found, by myself and his mother having made another attempt on ending his own life. We said goodbye to our son and younger brother to our eldest son in May 2018.


Running the London Marathon has always been an ambition of mine, Nyall and I would often have a bit of banter about me never actually going ahead with that amount of commitment to running. Nyall was a keen and very talented sportsman particularly in running and football, having reached the all England finals for 5 consecutive years in cross-country for the county and played football for his county, he found it unbelievable that his forty (something) father would run 26 miles. It is my ambition to prove him wrong and to raise some much needed funds for mental health support whilst doing so".


Mearl can be sponsored through http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MearlBrown

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In Cromer there are two boathouses, one for the All-Weather Lifeboat "Lester" on the pier and the other for the Inshore Lifeboat on the east promenade. This boathouse was originally built in 1902 for the then rowing and sailing lifeboat Louisa Heartwell. Also on the east promenade you'll find the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. The whole town is proud of the man referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen', who gained national fame in the first half of the 20th century when navigation around the Norfolk coastline was particularly hazardous in easterly gales.