‘Batman’ and his pals race into town to boost RNLI


A running trio covering 450-miles descended into Mablethorpe last week - dressed as superheroes to help raise funds for the RNLI.

‘Ironman’ John Figiel, 49, ‘Spiderman’ Paul Greensides, 44, and ‘Batman’ Vinny Jones, 35, were seen pounding the pavement on the promenade, looking out to sea as a wave of people were waiting at the RNLI Lifeboat Station to welcome them.

The trio started off their Great Superhero Run at Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, and are finishing at Newcastle, stopping off at each local lifeboat station along the way.

Mr Figiel explained: “We live a stone’s throw away from the coast and we see the amazing work the RNLI crew undertake every day. We all have friends who are crewmen and to see them heading out on shouts, risking their lives to save other 
people is remarkable.

“So, we felt we would take on this challenge to raise funds for the RNLI organisation.

“People in Mablethorpe have been amazing and we would like to thank them all for their suppport.”

The three superheroes ran their shortest distance of the challenge from Skegness to Mablethorpe last week, but it was the hardest stint yet due to injury.

Mr Figiel added: “I was feeling good on the day, so I raced ahead to meet the locals in Mablethorpe, but Paul and Vinny were really struggling with injuries, so they were a few hours behind me.

“Luckily we have a support team, including a physio, so we are determined to carry on and will be back just in time to compete in The Great North Run. Our fundraising target was £10,000, but we have already exceeded that - so now we are trying to raise as much as we can.”

If you want to donate, visit; http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/greatsuperherorun.