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The Durrell Challenge 2021: still time to sign up!

It’s not too late to register for this year’s Durrell Challenge and join over 1000 runners here in Jersey and across the globe as they tackle 13K to raise funds to create a wilder, healthier, more colorful world.

On Sunday 23rd May, the Durrell Challenge 2021 will go ahead in Jersey for local runners only, with hundreds more runners around the world able to take part and do it for Durrell via the 13K Virtual Run.

Runners of all abilities are being encouraged to sign up for the local run, for which there are limited spaces left, or the virtual run, and take on the 13K challenge to help raise vital funds for the charity’s work saving the world’s most precious wildlife.

Durrell’s Director of Communications & Fundraising, Alex Shears, said, “We are so pleased to have been given permission to safely operate the 13K race for even more runners in Jersey this year, as well as providing the virtual run once again for all our loyal supporters around the world. Thank you so much to all the runners for helping Durrell to protect some of the rarest animals on the planet, particularly following such a challenging year. A huge thank you also goes to Butterfield for their continued support for this event.”

Locally, the Durrell Challenge will once again start in Victoria Park, St. Helier, and finish at Jersey Zoo in Trinity. As in previous years, the race will take runners on a challenging route through beautiful valleys and quiet country lanes, however, this year runners in Jersey will be split into three waves of 200 people and separated by 30-minute intervals.

Local volunteers: Durrell needs you!

The organisers are urgently calling for 20 volunteers to assist as route marshals on the day from 7am – 2pm. All volunteers will receive a breakfast box and free entry to the zoo after the run, and transport from Victoria Park to their marshal location and back to either the park or Jersey Zoo. To sign up as a volunteer, please email or call 01534 505926.

Virtually, runners can take part wherever they are in the world, and they have the option to run their 13K anytime between 21st – 24th May, submitting their results to Durrell via Strava. All runners will receive a Durrell Challenge medal and t-shirt, if opted for when registering.

The Durrell Challenge team are delighted to once again have the support of Butterfield as headline sponsor. Noel McLaughlin, Managing Director at Butterfield Bank (Jersey) Limited, said, “We are thrilled to be supporting the Durrell Challenge 13K run again this year; a popular event which raises funds for such a worthy charity. At Butterfield, we are dedicated to supporting the communities and environments we call home, so it has been fantastic to

work with Durrell, whose aim is for more diverse, beautiful, and resilient natural landscapes in which wildlife can thrive and people can enjoy a deeper connection with nature.” To sign up for the Jersey race or virtual 13K run, please visit:

Registration for the local race closes at 9am on Monday 17th May.


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