International wildlife charity Born Free is looking for enthusiastic runners who are prepared to go the extra mile for wildlife at this year’s Virgin London Marathon.

Five new places have now been released by the Horsham-based charity, meaning that five more runners will have the chance to take part in the event, and raise funds to help protect some of the world’s most endangered animals and their habitats.

To mark Born Free’s 35th year, the 25-strong ‘Run Wild’ team is aiming to raise a combined total of £35,000. The money will go towards purchasing a Born Free ‘Dragon’ – part of a fleet of autogyro aircraft which will help tackle illegal wildlife crime in Africa, by enabling rangers to undertake surveillance over vast distances, and access inhospitable terrains.

Born Free’s Events Manager, Joanne Bartholomew, said: “Our 2019 ‘Run Wild’ team is our strongest to date! They are so enthusiastic and keen to take their fundraising to the next level for our 35th anniversary!

“Last year we had 14 amazing runners in our ‘Run Wild’ team, including Le Mans winning Aston Martin racing driver Darren Turner and his wife Katie, and Born Free’s own Sarah Locke. The team raised a combined total of £30,000 which has gone directly to support Born Free’s global conservation projects. We are hoping to smash that total this year!”

To find out more about joining Born Free’s Virgin London Marathon team, email Joanne Bartholomew: joanne@bornfree.org.uk

Learn more about Born Free’s ‘Dragons’ at www.bornfree.org.uk/dragon