Durrell are delighted to confirm that nearly 600 people turned out in force for the third annual Durrell Challenge, including their 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 the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The challenging 13K route, which starts from Victoria Park in St. Helier and takes runners through beautiful green lanes up to Jersey Zoo where finishers are welcomed by family and friends.
Durrell’s CEO, 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”
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 really 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.”