The Durrell Challenge 2018

We were delighted to see nearly 600 people turn up for The Durrell Challenge on Sunday 13th May, including our global ambassador Henry Cavill.

The line-up included entrants from 16 countries, and close to 40 VIP runners who all committed to raise funds in excess of £1,000 for Durrell. The challenging 13K route started from Victoria Park in St. Helier and took runners through beautiful green lanes up to Jersey Zoo, where finishers were welcomed by family and friends.

Durrell’s CEO, Dr Lesley Dickie, commented on the event: “First of all a huge thank you to our ambassador, Henry Cavill, for once again returning to Jersey to take part in this event. We are also so grateful to all the runners that took part in this challenging run, particularly those who raised over £1,000 to support our work saving species both in Jersey and around the world.”

The first man across the finish line was Dan Romeril in a time of 49:04 and the winning woman was Gemma Dawkins in a time of 55:40.

Full race results can be found at:

Following the race, the Really Wild Day at Jersey Zoo saw visitors enjoying wild activities including barefoot trails, live music, wild yoga and special keeper talks. Younger visitors were sent on a mission around the Zoo as they undertook the Superhero Safari, sponsored by Appleby. Lesley was delighted to see visitors of all ages enjoying the Zoo and connecting with nature. “Thank you to our sponsors Appleby for their support with the Superhero Safari – it was great to see so many youngsters enjoying learning about our animals. The Really Wild Day is a new twist on the Family Fun Day and was designed to connect our visitors to nature. Rewilding people is a key part of our new strategy and it was fantastic to see how much everyone was enjoying the wild and natural activities we had on offer.”

Event photos can be viewed and purchased at:

Photos: Studio M