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Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Durrell Challenge 2018: Congratulations Henry!

Pictures: Studio M // Durrell Wildlife

The Durrell Challenge once again a huge success! -- Congratulations to Henry and everyone who ran with him and donated to the event's fundraising page. Here is the press release and first official photos.

For immediate release

13th May 2018

The Durrell Challenge 13K Race Results

Durrell was delighted to see nearly 600 people turn up this morning for the third Durrell Challenge, including their global ambassador Henry Cavill.

The line-up included entrants from 16 countries, and close to 40 VIP runners who all committed to raise funds in excess of £1,000 for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The challenging 13K route started from Victoria Park in St Helier and took runners through beautiful green lanes up to Jersey Zoo where finishers were welcomed by family and friends.

Durrell’s CEO, Lesley Dickie, commented on the event: “First of all a huge thank you to our ambassador, Henry Cavill, for once again returning to Jersey to take part in this event. We are also so grateful to all the runners that took part in this challenging run, particularly those who raised over £1,000 to support our work saving species both in Jersey and around the world”

The first man across the line was Dan Romeril in a time of 49:04 and the winning woman was Gemma Dawkins in a time of 55:40

Full race results can be found at doitfordurrell.com/13k-results

Following the race, the Really Wild Day at Jersey Zoo saw visitors enjoying wild activities including barefoot trails, live music, wild yoga and special keeper talks. Younger visitors were sent on a mission around the zoo as they undertook the Superhero Safari sponsored by Appleby.

Lesley was delighted to see visitors of all ages really enjoying the zoo and connecting with nature. “Thank you to our sponsors Appleby for their support with the Superhero Safari - it was great to see so many youngsters enjoying learning about our animals. The Really Wild Day is a new twist on the family fun day and was designed to connect our visitors to nature. Rewilding people is a key part of our new strategy and It was fantastic to see how much everyone was enjoying the wild and natural activities we had on offer.”

Henry kicked off the 13K accompanied by family members and his management team.

He also kept fans updated on his Instagram.

More fun pics from Henry throughout the race...

Before you knew it, he was at the finish line!

Henry was also interviewed during the day about his work as ambassador for Durrell. Look for our exclusive in the next few days.

Many fans got a chance to get a photo with Henry, and everyone left smiling after chatting with him.

You can see Henry at the end of this cool video.

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Henry wrapped up the day with a special thanks to everyone who has helped make The Durrell Challenge a fun and very popular fundraising event It sounds like he's ready to do it all over again next year!

Much more to come, including our pictures and videos from Jersey and a very special giveaway.

Thanks to everyone at Durrell and Henry's team for allowing us to bring this coverage to you.

Once again, congratulations Henry!


  1. It was a truly amazing day!! Henry is as always so kind and sweet. He is such a nice guy!! Takes Time to chat a little with the fans. Could not be happier to come back ans see him again next year!! His work as an Embassador for Durrell is so great ! Such a huge cause!!! Bravo Mr Cavill

  2. Wow sweet thanks for sharing your joy with me

  3. Words can’t describe how exciting and rewarding it was today for my aunt, my cousin, and myself to participate today at the Durrell Challenge! Seeing Henry later and chatting a bit with him was just pure joy! He was his usual sweet, charming, and gracious self!!!! He is indeed a great ambassador for Durrell Conservation. Thank you Henry for always taking the time to talk to your fans. You are my hero!!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ˜˜πŸ€—❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️πŸ‘Œ

  4. Persto et Praesto!!!
    Congratulations Henry you did it again.

    1. “Persto et Praesto” means “I stand fast, I stand firm”. It is the adage of Stowe School.

  5. Oh... He's glowing, I think *blinks* Nice seeing him like that. He has his heart and soul over there. That smile says it all. He's so good, and his brothers, such a lovely family *smiles* D.

  6. Fantastic photos and videos from an amazing day at Durrell Zoo!! Henry should be so proud...we are all so very proud of him...he continues to be an inspiration, and such a truly wonderful man. A champion effort for such a worthy, important cause. More than just Superman, he is Henry Cavill, and he is my hero. Bring on Durrell Challenge 2019 Xx

  7. Congratulations to Henry and everyone that took part! WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! question is that a few grey hairs on his sideburns??? I see if so it looks great on him :)

    1. Not too sure, it could just be the lighten. But his hair does have light brown so it could just be that LOL!

  8. Well done runners!! I love the picture of Henry with the little supergirl. That just melted my heart. Henry is amazing with children. Thank you for all the posts and photos.


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