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Hundreds Go Ape at Great Gorilla Run 2012
26 September 2012

Hundreds of gorilla-suited runners went ape across the centre of London for the 2012 Great Gorilla Run last Saturday (September 22).

In all, around 350 runners, including TV, film and stage star Adam Garcia, international synchronised swimming champion Adele Carlsen and Gorilla Organization trustee Lord Spencer Phillips, took part in the ninth run to be held in the heart of London.

Joining them were hundreds of well-wishing fans and race patron Bill Oddie, who once again set the gorillas off on a 7km course that took them over Tower Bridge and past landmarks such as City Hall and the Tate Modern. 

Clocking up a time of just under an hour, Coyote Ugly star Garcia (left) said he was delighted to take part in such a "silly" yet worthwhile event.

"I've never been much of a runner, but this was such an exciting challenge that I knew I had to take part," he said.

"Gorillas are so similar to us. They are part of our existence and heritage and we have such a strong bond with them. So anything that promotes conservation efforts deserves our support, so that's why I'm here, dressed as a gorilla and running through the centre of London!"

So far, the 2012 Great Gorilla Run has raised more than £100,000 for the Gorilla Organization's award-winning conservation and poverty reduction projects in central Africa, with more money set to come in over the coming weeks. This means that, since the first Great Gorilla Run back in 2003, around £1.9 million has been raised by thousands of runners, and teams are already signing up for the 2013 event.

To learn more about the event and to sign up to take part in 2013, visit the official Great Gorilla Run website.

 

 

 

for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
Mobile: 07801 971123
david@gorillas.org
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