Fall in numbers brought end to Durrell run which previously featured Superman star Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill taking part in the race in 2019 Picture: JON GUEGAN. (37542333)

DWINDLING numbers of participants and rising costs are the reasons why Durrell’s running challenge has been brought to an end after “nine brilliant years”.

Organisers announced on Tuesday that the Durrell Challenge, a 13km road run from Victoria Park to Jersey Zoo, would “no longer be held” from this year onward.

The event, which raised funds for wildlife conservation, took place every May and regularly attracted hundreds of runners.

But in a statement, organisers said that since 2020, when the world was gripped by a global pandemic, participant numbers had “dwindled” and “costs to put on an event of this kind” had risen.

Alexandra Shears, director of communications and fundraising at Durrell, said: “After nine brilliant years of the Durrell Challenge, we’ve made the tough decision to stop holding this event.

“This will allow us to put more energy and focus towards our other fundraising efforts, including the Durrell Dash, our other long-standing running event.

“Sadly, since 2020, participant numbers for the Durrell Challenge have dwindled, and with rising costs to put on an event of this kind, we felt it was the right time for the challenge to end.”

She continued: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who took part, fundraised, and donated towards our mission of saving species from extinction over the past nine years. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved along with our supporters through these fantastic events.”

The organisers have also encouraged Islanders to sign up for the Durrell Dash, a festive run which is due to take place on 1 December.

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