Steven McAllister


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 23 people a day around the coasts and waterways of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. From 235 lifeboat stations, they are well trained and equipped to put to sea in the most fearsome conditions when the call comes. RNLI lifeguards patrol more than 200 beaches in the UK. As well as rescuing people from the water, they are also on hand for first aid and safety advice, making sure everyone can make the most of their day at the beach. Are you passionate about the water? Do you want to be part of a lifesaving team? Whatever the reason for your interest in our work, we’d love to have you onboard. The RNLI is an independent charity and receives no government funding. We rely on public support.

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I will be up-dating this page as my journey progresses, so keep checking.

The target I've set of raising a minimum of £8,000 is loosely based on the estimated cycling distance of 8,000miles. This might sound a bit ambitious but that's only £1 per mile!

The full circuit is largely a solo challenge but for anyone with a bike who is willing to join me for any part of the ride (local to you, or your favourite part of the British or Irish coast) your company would be very welcome.

Schedule – I aim to complete the first part of the challenge, i.e. All of the GB mainland (England, Scotland, Wales & some of the smaller islands) within one year but this is not a deadline. Ideally, from starting in the SW corner of Cornwall, I’ll follow a full clockwise rotation of the two main islands of Britain & Ireland. Smaller islands with RNLI Stations will be visited according to flight/ferry schedules, some of which have a limited seasonal service.

Distances – Total distance is approximately 8,000 road miles around the coast of all British & Irish Islands where Lifeboat Stations are to be found. Mileage will vary from 50 to 100 per day, depending upon terrain, weather, distance between lifeboat stations and other rest stops.

Saturday 5 September : At last - I'm off! Starting in earnest from Penlee Lifeboat Station.

Thurs 10 September : After 300 miles of Cornish, Devon & Somerset hills, I'm back in Bristol for a short break. So far, this week I've ticked off 16 RNLI stations, from Penlee to Portishead. I've already met many wonderful people. More details to follow.

Sat 10 October : Much of the Welsh coast and another 19 Lifeboat stations reached. Details to follow, but already on Facebook page (search RNLI Coastal Cycle Ride)

Thurs 22 October: All of the west coast of England and all of Wales done! Reached the most north-westerly English lifeboat station at Silloth, at the top of the Solway Firth then to Carlisle. 22 days on the bike, 1,249 miles cycled, 57 Lifeboat stations visited.

Next stage: South West Scotland. Back to where I stopped before the winter at Carlisle Station. Due to start pedalling again, crossing the Scottish border Monday 21 March 2016.

Thurs 24 March: First four days in Scotland completed.  See my new web-blog at  

*** Sat 16 July 2016 All of GB Mainland, including Scottish islands, Channel Isles and Isles of  Scilly done. Over 5,000 miles cycled.

Just the Isle of Man (5 LB Stations) and all of Ireland (another 44 LB stations +3,000 more miles) still to do. Taking a late summer break back home with family in Bristol and Lowestoft.

12-14 Sept 2016: Isle of Man completed. Winter break time.

All Ireland to do, beginning in the spring of 2017, approx mid March. Thanks for all your continuing support!

16 April 2017

First four days of cycling the coast of all Ireland completed. 

25 May 2017





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19.06.17 Better late than never Congratulations on an amazing achievement! What's next?

03.06.17 "Well done Steven. A great achievement for a most worthy cause".

29.05.17 Well done Steven, you deserve a holiday!

29.05.17 Many thanks to Liam McKenna in Bray, Mike Beetlestone in Courtown and Camilla (Pedalpower fundraiser) on the Cardiff train.

27.05.17 Well done Steven. Donation funded by liberated marmalade sandwiches whilst in Ireland. (Ask Claire if you need more info!) x

19.05.17 Thanks to Tim and Roger (from Fishguard) at Portrush Lifeboat Station, cash donations.

13.05.17 Thank you Joe and Kevin at Gallagher's Store, Lettermacaward, Gweebarra Bridge, for the coffee, hot sausage rolls, chat and kind cash donation. Steve


06.05.17 I am donating this money from Robert Fishburn who I met at the Lamorna Wink pub, Lamorna Cornwall towrds Stevesn **** charity ride. Thank you Robert.

03.05.17 A pleasure to met you in Roundstone - wish you well for the remainder of your trip - stay between the ditches.

02.05.17 Many thanks to Heather, Don, June, Robert & Margaret, Rosemary & Claire and Graham (from Cornwall!).

02.05.17 Thanks for the cash donation, via Claire, from the oldest bar in Connemara!


28.04.17 "May the road rise up before you and may the wind be always at your back." Donation in honour of your latest stretch, where you've been retracing our steps from family holidays I remember very fondly. Send my love to the beaches near Kenmare. x

26.04.17 Liz, Alison and Rosie at Kilbaha Gallery near the Loop Head Lighthouse. Thanks so much to the three of you, for thawing out a wet, frozen cyclist; feeding me AND making this very kind RNLI contributions. What a great place you have. Steven x

24.04.17 Many thanks to the anonymous young lady at O'Brien's shop in Castlemain; Michael O'Neill at his Railway Tavern in Camp and Richard the Touring Motorcyclist from Dublin for your cash donations.

22.04.17 Many thanks to Mag at Pedals&Boots Cafe, Eileen & Mick at Kells Bay, Tim M at Estella in Killorglin for cash donations and/or food/accom in lieu.

22.04.17 Great to meet you in Valentia. Keep up the good work.

16.04.17 Many thanks to the Tramore and Youghal Lifeboat Stations and the Travara Guest House in Courtmacsherry for your generosity.

10.04.17 Good Luck with the Irish leg of your mammoth challenge - Linda reminded me this morning from Hua Hin of your heroic ride in aid of the wonderful Lifeboats. Susie from Barnes.

12.11.16 Tremendous effort Steve, good luck for Ireland

27.09.16 Keep up the good work. You're doing a great job for a tremendous cause. Soon be Christmas and you can relax .....

24.09.16 Amazing effort!

03.09.16 Lest of buck

29.08.16 A fantastic achievement Uncle Steve! Sorry for the delay in donating, thought it had been done. Lots of love from Jason, Lisa, Oscar and Olivia xxx


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