A RNLI trainee crew member ran 41 marathons in 41 days to raise money for the lifeboat charity.

Simon Marchant, of Penarth, said he would take on the run over the course of 42 days - running an average of 23 miles a day. However, he has beat his own expectations and completed his challenge a day early, running 41 marathons in 41 days. That’s more than 1,000 miles.

The 39-year-old wanted to challenge himself after RNLI crews saved his brother’s life in Cornwall after he was found unconscious in the water next to his surfboard.

My brother was found by two surfers under the water next to his board, not breathing and unresponsive,” said Mr Marchant. “RNLI lifeguards recovered him to the beach and administered CPR and oxygen until air ambulance arrived to air lift him to hospital.

“I’d rather not think what could have happened to be honest, but he’s fine now with an amazing family of his own.”

He is now training to be an RNLI crew member at the Penarth branch and said he enjoys the fast-paced environment and hard work.

“Volunteering is great, especially as I’m new. There are lots of new people to meet from all different walks of life, and always lots of training to be done.”

Mr Marchant started his race on July 14 and finished last Friday. He was accompanied on his run by a few family members and along the way met RNLI volunteers in Porthcawl, Port Talbot and other venues.

Speaking after he finished his marathon, he said: "I love running, and Wales, and wanted to give something back to the RNLI. The Marathon Des Cymru has enabled me to see parts of this beautiful country I might never have visited, make new friends, keep fit and most importantly raise funds for the RNLI.

"There have been ups and downs (literally in some places) but it’s been quite an adventure.

"I look forward to completing my training in Penarth RNLI station, but I don’t think I will be hanging up my trainers any time soon."

On his JustGiving page, the trainee has raised nearly £800, but is still counting the donations he received to find out the total amount.

Speaking about Mr Marchant’s achievement, Jason Dunlop, lifeboat operations manager for Penarth RNLI said: “What Simon has achieved is astonishing. In addition to raising funds for the RNLI Simon has received much publicity for the RNLI charity as he’s made his way around Wales, making people aware of the work that our volunteers do.

“We have also been touched by the support given to him by many members of the public who have helped provide accommodation for him, and members of his family who supported him on this adventure.”