The time it takes to complete a marathon varies considerably. At one extreme you have the highly trained athletes who can cover the 26.2 miles in a little over two hours. At the other, you have a man dressed as a gorilla who crawled his way around the 2017 London Marathon on his hands and knees in six and a half days. The man was a Mr Tom Harrison who spent between 10 and 12 hours a day crawling along the streets of London to raise money for the Gorilla Organisation, a charity which runs conservation projects in several African countries. In all the Metropolitan Police Officer from Buckinghamshire raised £26,000 for the charity, easily exceeding the £1,500 he had set out to raise after his marathon effort caught the imagination of the public. “The fact it went global has been completely unexpected, but brilliant,” said Mr Harrison. As for his previous experience in crawling, the father of two added “Prior to this, the most I had crawled in one go was a mile, so I found the first day of the marathon really exhausting…Each day became its own little marathon.” Eventually he made it to the finishing line at Buckingham Palace where he was met by his two sons, appropriately dressed as gorillas, and conservationist Bill Odie who presented him with his medal. Gorilla Organisation’s executive director Jillian Miller described his efforts as “incredible… He’s now officially our highest fundraiser ever…He feels very strongly, as the father of two little boys, that he wants to help preserve biodiversity for future generations.” Final word goes to the 41 year old “I’ll be glad to get the costume washed as it’s getting a little bit fruity. I think I’ve started to smell a bit like a gorilla.” Thankfully not enough for the 100 or so spectators at the finish line to run a mile.
May 10, 2017