Jonathan's Mayday Mile

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I’m taking on the Mayday Mile challenge to support RNLI volunteers

This May from the 1st to the 31st, I’m completing a mile-a-day challenge to help RNLI crews save lives at sea.

Joining Southend-on-Sea RNLI 12 years ago I have had the honour to be part of such an amazing crew. 

So with that said to make this a challenge I will be completing it in full ILB Personal Protective Equipment. Yes that's right, not running shoes and activewear but a drysuit (with the wellies still built in), lifejacket and helmet!

The RNLI covers the UK and Ireland with ordinary men and women volunteering at 238 stations and is there 24/7, 365 days a year ready to face any weather and answer the call of those in danger at sea. 

Recently the RNLI celebrated 200 Years of saving lives at sea, in fact more than 144,000 people have been saved. 

To continue saving lives at sea the RNLI relies on donations and generosity of the public. 

Will you help answer this MayDay call and help the RNLI be there for the next 200 years to continue to save lives at sea. 

By answering this Mayday call and giving a gift today, you can make a real, lifesaving difference. Your kindness will help give volunteers everything they need to launch to the rescue, and make sure they’re ready to face any weather.

Will you sponsor my RNLI Mayday Mile challenge and support the courageous crews?

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My Achievements

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Self donated

Reached 25% of fundraising target

Reached 50% of fundraising target

Reached 75% of fundraising target

Reached 100% of fundraising target

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Reached 25% of distance target

Reached 50% of distance target

Reached 75% of distance target

Reached 100% of distance target

My Updates

🛟MayDay Mile 31 - Complete!🛟

Saturday 1st Jun
Thank you all so much for your support! I'm sad that the challenge is over but so grateful for the support and donations! Joining me on the final run down Southend pier was, Graham, Mark, Clair, Tony, Ian, David, Harley. Absolutely fantastic team!

🛟MayDay Mile 30 - Complete!🛟

Friday 31st May
Joining me today is Southend RNLI's very own Clair Reed and her son Harley!

🛟MayDay Mile 29 - Complete!🛟

Friday 31st May
Joining me today is Southend RNLI's very own, Graeme Siddons and LPO Nigel Gilchrist!

🛟MayDay Mile 28 - Complete!🛟

Tuesday 28th May
Joining me on today's run were the dynamic duo, Thomas and Angus!

🛟MayDay Mile 27 - Complete!🛟

Monday 27th May
Joining me on today's Birthday MayDay Mile are Sam, Ed, Bob and Graham!

🛟MayDay Mile 26 - Complete!🛟

Monday 27th May
Joining me on today's run is the TEYC regattas Duckling group!

🛟MayDay Mile 25 - Complete!🛟

Saturday 25th May
Cheering me on today was the absolutely brilliant Canvey Coastgaurd team and members of the Island Yacht club!

🛟MayDay Mile 24 - Complete!🛟

Saturday 25th May
Joining me today on the run is Ed, Claire and a new face. Southend RNLI's Matt Chapman!

🛟MayDay Mile 23 - Complete!🛟

Thursday 23rd May
Tonight's crew were tasked to reports of A MayDay call, from Mile 23! A sterling team tonight with Clair, Ed and Mark!

🛟MayDay mile 22 - Complete🛟

Thursday 23rd May
New fastest record 9m.49 seconds! Joining me today was Ian Smith, Ed Underwood, Stormy Stan aka Daniel Wanna!

🛟MayDay Mile 21 - Complete!🛟

Tuesday 21st May
Today's guest runners is none other than Southend RNLI's Clair Reed!

🛟MayDay Mile 20 - Complete🛟

Monday 20th May
Joining me on today's run is Southend RNLI'S very own Dave Cartwright and his daughter Zoe! Complete just in time for the pager to sound and go out on a shout!

🛟MayDay Mile 18 - Complete! 🛟

Sunday 19th May
Joining me on mile 18 were the fantastic Southend RNLI crew members, Paddy and Ed!

🛟MayDay Mile 19 - Complete!🛟

Sunday 19th May
Joining me on today's run was the fantastic Southend-on-Sea Coastgaurd team!

🛟MayDay Mile 15🛟

Friday 17th May
Joining me on today's run is Southend RNLI's very own Ed Underwood!

🛟MayDay Mile 17 - In the bag🛟

Friday 17th May
Joining me today were members of Thames Estuary Yacht Club! Smashed it out the park today!

🛟MayDay Mile 16 🛟

Friday 17th May
Halfway there, but boy was it a struggle! I had Oscar and Jenny cheering me on which helped me get through it!

🛟MayDay Mile 14 - complete🛟

Tuesday 14th May
Support crew, future crew Oscar!

🛟MayDay Mile 13 - Complete🛟

Monday 13th May
Joining me today are members of Aqua Pigs Scuba Diving club!

🛟MayDay Mile 12 Crew🛟

Sunday 12th May
Southend RNLI's finest, Iain Keenan And Andrew Satchell!

🛟MayDay Mile 11 Crew 🛟

Sunday 12th May
Certainly getting warm! Oscar joining and doing safety Marshalling from his RNLI Land rover!

🛟MayDay Mile 10 - Complete! 🛟

Friday 10th May
The sun was shining, Great for flip flops. Not lifeboat gear but hey its for a worthy cause!

🛟MayDay Mile 9 - A sunny run down the Mall🛟

Thursday 9th May

🛟MayDay Mile 8 - Done!🛟

Wednesday 8th May
Joining me tonight is RNLI Southend Lifeboats very own Dave Smith! Thanks for joining on this sunny run!

🛟 MayDay mile 7 - In the Bag 🛟

Tuesday 7th May

🛟 MayDay Mile 6 - done!🛟

Tuesday 7th May
Joining me on the run is my brother and my little boy Oscar!


Sunday 5th May
Solo run today, but what a morning for it!


Sunday 5th May
Joining me on this run is my Brother Ian! Thanks for the support!

🛟 MayDay Mile 3 🛟 Complete!

Friday 3rd May
Thank you to Guest runners, Southend RNLI crewmember Clair Reed and her partner David!

🛟 MayDay Mile Day 2 Run 2 🛟

Thursday 2nd May
Joining me tonight was Southend RNLI's very own Scott Pryor and his daughter Betsy! Thanks for the support both and to all of you who have donated!

MayDay Mile 1 Done!

Wednesday 1st May

1 Day left to go! You are all amazing.

Tuesday 30th Apr
As I prepare to take on the challenge tomorrow it has been amazing to see how much support you have all provided for this cause. 

Thank you so much for your donations! It really does make a difference!

You are all lifesavers !

Thank you so much

Sunday 28th Apr
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! 

It's amazing what has been achieved already! Can't wait to get started on the challenge! 

You're all lifesavers!

Thank you to my Sponsors



Money collected at Richard’s funeral. He was very proud of all you do for the RNLI and he would love to be able to support you in this challenge 🧡




Simon H

Good luck Jonathan on your challenge. Will follow your progress from the USA … you guys do a fantastic job (my step father was a crew member in the 70’s !)


Gary Adkins



The Wilkins Clan

Best of luck for the walk from Paula, Chris, Todd, Jed and Toby


Neil & Annette Charnock

Wishing you good luck with your challenge and seeing you at the end of the pier on the 31sr


Pamelahudsonbendersky Hudson-bendersky

Well done



Inca wensley is very proud of you


Auntie Ruth, David And Thomas

You can do this Jonathan. Well done for taking in this challenge. 👍👍👍👍


Nigel Gilchrist

Well done. An absolutely amazing achievement.


Danny Howard

Good Luck Jonathon! Danny, Canvey Island CRT.


Keith And Marjorie Charnock ( Grandma And Grandad)

Good Luck Jonathan, you can do this. We are supporting you every step of the way. Lots of Love from Grandma an Grandad xxx






Ian & Emma Charnock

Very proud of you Jonathan, you’re doing a great job. Keep it up!


Steve And Sue Riddell

Good luck Jonathan.


Zoe & Sam

Good luck you will ace it!


Edd Liston


Alan (hm Coastguard Southend 07)


Jacquie, Gordon & Tamsin

Brilliant job neighbour You’re doing great Well done


Ed U

Done, boom!


Tim Capp & Jane

Great cause! Good luck!



Well done you!! Keep going!


David & Ruth Lowden


Tina Newman




Gerry Bird


Nigel Gilchrist

Keep up the excellent work. Good luck


David Brown


Abi & Andy

Good luck!




Steph And Dave

Good luck


Cafe Rebecca


Mark Allinson

Go JC!!!!


Mark Mcardle

Well done mate, great final run and time


David Pratt

Well done!


C Kelly

Good luck Jon!


Laura & Brian

Jon, we have been following you all the way through this challenge. We are very proud of you, your family and friends for doing this challenge for the RNLI. Well done!


Tim & Helen Collins

Great cause Best wishes to you


Jo Sargant




David And Beth Collins

Keep up the good work, well done!


Pamelahudsonbendersky Hudson-bendersky


Barry West

Well done mate!


Liz Dalton


Jenny Bonham


Judi Underwood

Hats off to you Jonathan, today was very hot and you were still running in all your gear. Well done


Mandy Whitfield


Beryl And Steve Wilson

Well done, every one is so very proud of you. Keep going.


Carol & Mark Putt

Good luck Jonathan, we know you'll do it!


Sheena Booth

Well done Jonathan. So proud of you for all you do for the RNLI. Auntie Sheena


Carol And Nigel

Well done Jonathan for that amazing time you did on the last day! As promised, an extra donation.


Richard King


Kevin Riddell


Kenneth Fisher




Philippa Johnstone

Well done Jonathan!!


Dave Hannam


Iris Booth


Danny Williams

All the Best Jonathan👍


Jonathan Charnock


Julie Hughes

Best of luck, Jonathan! x


Linda Grimmett


Valerie Nunn

Well done Jonathan 👏🏻 Keep on going! You can do this 😘xxxx💋





Good luck, we will keep our eyes peeled for you


Ellie Putt

Good luck :)


Terry Webb

Run JC run :)


Steve Parker



Well done Jonathan, keep it up mate.




Robert Beautyman


Laurel Harding


Karen Walker

Good Luck it will be hard going but you can do it 🍾🥂


Helen Field

Well done Jonathan.Keep it up ! Definitely deserve cake when I get back! Helen Southend Water Safety


Lynne Elliott

Good Luck Jon!!


James Liston

You absolute legend x




Paul And Colette

Good luck. Great cause . 🙌🏻


Lewis Ridgway


Karina Edgeway

You've got this.


Martin Read

Good luck


Rebecca Johnson

Wahoo, go Jon! From Rebecca, James, Grace and Harry x


Sara Thompson


Corale Brumage

well done


Janet And John Whiddett


Rob Squires

Good luck mate!! 👍



Good luck in your challenge. Always happy to support this great cause.


Suzy, Tony And Stanley Crowe


Wendy Watson

Well done Jon, we will see you at the finishing line tomorrow😍


Angus Browne

Big well done Jonathan. Massive achievement.


Michelle & Andy Haddow

An amazing achievement Jonathan, well done 👏 Michelle & Andy.


Helen Tabor

My Dad was a very loyal volunteer for years supporting RNLI - rather you than me running in all the gear! Wishing you all the best in your challenge x


Mark Watson

Great effort buddy!


Paul Taylor


Sarah And Liam

Good Luck Jon! You've got this!


Alison Paveling


Sue Klecha

We’ll done Jonathon your’e doing great!