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Mr Gorilla making history by crawling London Marathon
26 April 2017

Tom Harrison – now better known as ‘Mr Gorilla’ – has captured the imagination of the nation as he attempts to crawl the London Marathon.

One of four The Gorilla Organization supporters who signed up to take part in the iconic event, Mr Gorilla is the only one still going, three days after his teammates crossed the line. The reason for this? He’s attempting to become the first person to complete the 26-mile race on all fours.

The man behind the gorilla mask is a 41-year-old Londoner, who works as an officer in the Metropolitan Police. Since Saturday he has been crawling the streets of the capital for between 10 and 12 hours a day, pausing every 200 metres to give his blistering knees and knuckles a break.

Despite the toughness of the challenge – which he expects to finish some time on Friday – Mr Gorilla’s spirits remain high, and he has been boosted by media interest, which has seen him appear on the BBC, as well as in the Evening Standard and the Telegraph.

I'm going well, I've just been having a gorilla power nap. Just been napping on some bark chippings under an old tree, which is the perfect gorilla nesting habitat really,” the Londoner, who has long been a fan of the great apes, told a reporter from the Telegraph who stopped him on the streets.

Celebrating his marathon effort, The Gorilla Organization’s Executive Director, Jillian Miller, credited Mr Gorilla with inspiring thousands through his dedication to conservation.

"He's just this incredible personality who seems to me to be absolutely fearless, but he loves the gorillas," she said.

"I thought he was mad at first, but you know when Tom sets his heart to do something, he absolutely does it."

Mr Gorilla aims to raise around £1,500 for The Gorilla Organization’s frontline conservation and development projects in Africa. To support him, please visit his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mr-Gorilla

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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