On Winter Solstice (21st December) Sean Barrs and Rory Cockshaw will be running with other club members from sunrise until sunset in Bushy Park as a Christmas Run for Animals.
Sean, Rory and others will be attempting to be as conspicuous as possible in accomplishing this endurance event to raise awareness – and funds – for animals this Christmas.
They are each going to be running and maybe walking and crawling as far as they can between 8:05am and 3:54pm. That’s a whole 7 hours and 49 mins.
The team is keen to raise awareness for the 10 million turkeys that are slaughtered just for Christmas dinners. These Turkeys will end their lives at between 9 and 21 weeks old yet their natural lifespan could be 10 years.
An overwhelming majority of these turkeys are factory farmed and will never see the light of day, they will have no space to roam nor able express their natural behaviours.
There is a mass murder event in the days leading up to Christmas which omnivores, celebrating at their dinner tables, are oblivious.
So this initiative seeks get maximum publicity and raise money for Viva! And Sean (above) has a special hat for this occasion. Rory will be wearing a turkey shaped hat.
The runners have set themselves a target of £1,000. If you would like to support them on this ultramarathoning effort, you can do so here.
Good luck to Rory and Sean and all others who will be supporting them.
Some of the press coverage below :-
In this first link Rory explains more fully his motivation for this initiative.