Mum on the run for a new Sheringham lifeboat

For many, one half marathon a year is enough, but for 54-year-old mum of three Doreen Sams from Buckingham, she’s settling for nothing less than completing 12 in as many months.


Her self-set running challenge is in an effort to raise money to help her local Oddfellows friendship group to raise money for a new lifeboat for RNLI Sheringham Lifeboat Station.

Now four races down, she’s already on her way – one of her most recent being a half marathon at Silverstone in March where she shaved two minutes off her personal best.

“I’ve now got it down to 1 hour 59 minutes, which I’m thrilled about,” said Doreen, a member and Branch Secretary for the Oddfellows.

“I first began running when I was 31 to keep fit and balance out my demanding role as a prison officer for Her Majesty’s Prison Service, and still do. I took up competing in half marathons in 2000 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I run regular half marathons, but never to the frequency that I’m aiming to achieve with this challenge. I must be barmy!” she added.

The Oddfellows East Anglia Group Conference has set out to raise £214,000 for a new Atlantic 85 boat for the Sheringham Station. A new lifeboat would replace the station’s existing Atlantic 85 class boat, which is nearing the end of its operational life.

Doreen heard about her local group’s fundraising drive, commenting: “I wanted to play my part. The work that the charity’s lifeboat, lifeguard and rescue crews do is extraordinary, especially considering most are volunteers. They rely heavily on donations to keep going and I’ll be thinking about all the lives they have and will save in the future to push one foot in front of the other towards each finish line.”

Social Organiser of Beds and Bucks District Oddfellows Marilyn Saunders said of her group member: “Every penny helps us to reach the fundraising target. All her friends are so proud of what she’s setting out to achieve. We shall be cheering her from the side lines. One thing that bonds us as a friendship group is helping others, and Doreen’s testament to that charitable spirit.”

Doreen’s most recent half marathon was on May Bank Holiday with start and finish lines set at the MK Don’s Stadium in Milton Keynes (pictured). Her last, also in Milton Keynes, is hopefully scheduled for December.

If you would like to sponsor Doreen and check her progress, please make a cheque payable to ‘Beds and Bucks District Oddfellows’ marked ‘Mum on the run’ and post to Kevin Macan-Lind, 69 High Street, Broom, SG18 9NA