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Jersey Gorilla: Marathon is just the start, I want to take this around the world

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SOME people say you have to be crazy to want to run a marathon – well you’d have to be bananas to run the 26.2 miles dressed as a gorilla.

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But that’s what Islander Will Highfield has done. Perhaps better known as Jersey Gorilla (or Will from the Till), the Durrell customer liaison officer and gorilla-enclosure volunteer completed the race in 3 hrs 53 mins.

It was the 27-year-old’s flagship fundraising event in almost a year of challenges to raise money for a new gorilla enclosure at the zoo.

To date, he has raised almost £22,000 of his £26,000 target. He is still due to run on a treadmill at Durrell between 9.30am and 5pm and hold a charity quiz at the Merton Hotel, which he says will take him beyond his target of £1,000 a mile.

Speaking about Sunday’s run, the St Saviour resident, and Pride of Jersey finalist, said: ‘It was really hot and the worst bit was the head because my head was getting so warm. But it’s great because I think without the costume I would not have raised as much.

He added: ‘I am locally born and growing up I was always visiting the zoo as a kid and I loved it.

‘Now I work and volunteer there and I want to give as much as I can to continue the legacy of Gerald Durrell. It’s a vital part of the Island and globally. People forget we have 50 projects in 18 countries.’

Mr Highfield said ‘a five-year plan’ of fundraising will be announced at the quiz night on 15 November.

‘This year has been so incredibly successful so I don’t want to stop. The plan is going to take me around the world raising money for Durrell.’

For more information on the quiz, to book a table or to donate visit Jersey Gorilla on Facebook.

Jack Maguire

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