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One month to go until Sandstorm assault course hits Bournemouth

Lifeboats News Release

With just over a month to go until RNLI Sandstorm hits Bournemouth on Sunday 26 March, the charity is urging people not to miss their chance to take on this exciting challenge. Tickets are still on sale for this one-day-only event which will turn the beach into a strenuous seaside assault course.

RNLI Sandstorm hits Bournemouth Beach 26 March.


RNLI Sandstorm hits Bournemouth Beach 26 March.


Date: Sunday 26 March 2017

Time: Registration from 9:30am (start times will be staggered)

Venue: Bournemouth Beach

Tickets / information:

Organised by lifesaving charity the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Sandstorm will offer 20 specially designed obstacles over a 5K circuit (or twice round for 10K). The course will push the limits of both physical and mental endurance as participants battle over the sandy terrain.

Sandstormers will face the ultimate test of strength, stamina and teamwork as they climb, crawl and attempt to conquer fun but demanding obstacles, including climbing walls, sand dunes, water pits, a cargo net, crossbeams and a slalom.

The course will see Sandstormers wading through a pit of sand and water with Swamped; hauling themselves over a 2.5m high timber wall on Coastal Clamber; using cargo nets to scramble up a mound of sand before sliding down the tarpaulin on The Slipway; running across beams suspended over an open pit on The Crossbeam; dunking and diving through chilly water to pass Breathtaker’s barrier, and testing their ability to shift a heavy weight with Anchors Aweigh to name just a few!

Lauren Pincott, from event organiser the RNLI, says:

‘As we’re counting down the days until Sandstorm hits Bournemouth Beach, we’re encouraging people to make sure they don’t miss out on the chance to take part in this exciting one-day-only event.

‘Tickets are still available, so anyone who’s up for the challenge should sign up now.

‘It isn’t about race times or podium places, it’s about achieving a personal challenge while working together – and supporting a lifesaving charity in the process. We’ve worked to create fun but testing obstacles that encourage teamwork, so whether participants enter alone or get a squad together, they’ll leave feeling part of a crew.’

Tickets are on sale at Early bird tickets are available until 26 February, and start from £40. After 26 February, the ticket price starts from £45. Varied transaction fees apply. Any profits go towards the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

Sandstormers will receive a T-shirt on arrival and a medal on completion of the course, as well as light refreshments. Toilets and hot showers will be available. There will also be goodie bags with a free sample of OOMF! porridge and a PierZip discount voucher.

Participants are advised to bring a change of clothes and footwear, drinking water, energy food, and a towel. Other suggestions include a hot drink flask, thermals, and heat warmer packs for after the event. Friends and family are encouraged to come along for support.

To ensure a steady flow through the obstacles, start times will be staggered and can be chosen when purchasing tickets.

For more information, and to buy tickets, visit


  • Images are attached. Credit RNLI/Nathan Williams.

  • Sandstorm is organised by the RNLI. Any profits will help fund the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

  • Members of the media are invited to attend on the day for filming and photography opportunities and will be required to pre-register. Further details about the event will be sent out nearer the time.

  • RNLI spokespeople are available for interview. Please contact RNLI PR via the contact details below to arrange an interview.


For more information contact Geanie Cresswell, RNLI PR, on 01202 336507 / or Laura Haslam, RNLI PR, on 01202 663181 /

Sandstormer in training for the event.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

RNLI Sandstorm hits Bournemouth Beach 26 March.
Sandstormer in training for the event.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

RNLI Sandstorm hits Bournemouth Beach 26 March.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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