Runners raise a smile and lots of cash at zoo’s 10K run

First 10K around the theme park and zoo at Flamingo Land (l-r) Lesley Stewart, Stewart Darge and Jo Waller from Whitby are ready to run. Picture: HARRY ATKINSON
First 10K around the theme park and zoo at Flamingo Land (l-r) Lesley Stewart, Stewart Darge and Jo Waller from Whitby are ready to run. Picture: HARRY ATKINSON

Animal antics and running for fun were the order of the day at Flamingo Land’s first ever 10K run.

The event attracted 300 participants and raised £5,500 for the Udzungwa Forest Project, a Flamingo Land initiative in Tanzania.

So far, donations have helped to protect populations and habitats of vulnerable species in the wild including the Red Colobus Monkey and the Magombera Chameleon, ensuring their continued conservation in the future.

Race director Matt Durrant said: “It was a great event. We had lots of runners and everyone made such an effort and really got into the spirit of the run.

“There were some amazing costumes and it was great fun - we just wanted everyone to have a good time.”

Runners made their way through the zoo, theme park, holiday village and around the resort’s golf course to complete the six-mile route.

Following the success of the run, organisers are hoping it will now become an annual event.