We were delighted to see nearly 700 people turn up for the fourth Durrell Challenge, including our global ambassador Henry Cavill. The line-up included entrants from 21 countries, and close to 40 VIP runners, who all committed to raise funds in excess of £1,200 for Durrell.
The challenging 13km 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: “We are delighted that this year has seen the largest field of runners taking on the Durrell Challenge. It has been fantastic to see this event keep growing and we are particularly grateful this year for the support from Butterfield. Also a huge thank you to our ambassador, Henry Cavill, for once again supporting this event. Well done to all the runners that took part in this challenging run and enormous thanks to those that raised funds to support our work saving species both in Jersey and around the world. We are well on our way to reaching our target of £60,000 which would be a fantastic achievement in our 60th anniversary year.”
The first man across the line was Sam Maher in a time of 0:46:24, which was a new course record, and the winning woman was Rebecca Thompson in a time of 0:52:48. Full race results can be found at www.doitfordurrell.com/13k-results
Following the race, the Really Wild Day at Jersey Zoo saw visitors enjoying wild activities including haystack climbing, wild yoga, natural obstacle courses and live music. Younger visitors were sent on an adventure around the zoo as they undertook Mission Possible.
We are extremely grateful to Butterfield for kindly sponsoring the Durrell Challenge and Really Wild Day, and to Appleby for sponsoring the Mission Possible trail.