On your marks, get set, ant…GO! with ZSL London Zoo

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PHOTOCALL…PHOTOCALL…PHOTOCALL…PHOTOCALL Photocall: Tuesday 6th July 2010 Time: 9.50am for 10.00am photocall Location: Meet at ZSL London Zoo:- East Service Gate, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY

ZSL asics British 10K

I think being dressed as a leaf with a giant ant chasing me will be a big incentive to get me across that finishing line!

On your marks, get set, and…GO!

In a bid to raise money for conservation and celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, a team of runners from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) will be running the Asics British 10k dressed as…a food chain!

This coming Sunday, staff from ZSL will be setting off from Hyde Park dressed as a leaf, an ant and an anteater – all in the name of charity. Chasing each other around the route, the group are not aiming for record breaking times; but they are aiming to raise some cash.

Sprinter Lucy Cannock said: “We’re really looking forward to the run on Sunday, and we’re thrilled at the support we’ve received so far”.

“I think being dressed as a leaf with a giant ant chasing me will be a big incentive to get me across that finishing line!”

The trio have been hard at work training for their run and will be having a ‘dress rehearsal’ in ZSL London Zoo on Tuesday morning to get used to running in their costumes. Photographers are invited along to the practice session.

Helping to raise vital funds for the worldwide conservation work of the Zoological Society of London, the runners are hoping to raise £600 by taking part. ZSL Welcome your domations.

Editors’ Notes

For further information, please contact Rebecca Smith on 020 7449 6236 or via email on rebecca.smith@zsl.org

The Asics British 10k will be held on Sunday 11th July 2010, starting at 9.35am in Hyde Park.

To show your support for ZSL’s runners please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/ZSL-biodiverCITYrun

ZSL
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: our key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. The Society runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation in other countries worldwide. For further information please visit http://www.zsl.org

2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the nation's favourite London 10K road race, the ASICS British 10K London Run. Over the years the race has played host to some of the world's greatest athletes and raised millions of pounds for hundreds of charities and good causes through the efforts of runners from all walks of life raising sponsorship to run the race.

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human wellbeing. We need to do more. Now is the time to act. ZSL is taking an active role in this campaign.

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