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Ian Redmond runs for Born Free to free Gentil
One of the world's leading great ape conservation experts Ian Redmond ran the Flora London Marathon on Sunday April 18th 2004 in aid of the Ape Alliance and Born Free Ape Projects - from Gentil and other chimp orphans at Lwiro Sanctuary in Congo, to the UN Great Apes Survival Project.
Born Free monitored his progress prior to the race as he juggles his vital conservation work with preparation for the great race and Caribzones is proud to be associated with this worthy cause.
April 18th 2004
his 50th birthday, Great Ape ambassador and all round favourite conservationist,
Ian Redmond, completed the London Marathon for the first and only time
on Sunday 18th April 2004 in a time of 4 hours 47 minutes.
1st February - OK, today's the day. No more procrastinating - now is the time to begin serious preparations. I spent the day at the Flora London Marathon Golden Bond Training Day in London, but found that it was a day of talking about training rather than doing it. This fitted well with my current track record of thinking about training rather than doing it!! The lectures did include some useful tips, however, and brought home the sobering realisation that it is a mere 11 weeks today from 'M-day'.
They say that even a long journey begins with a single step. Today's small step was the purchase of my first pair of fancy cushioned running shoes, (last year's Adidas model at a knock-down price) - my how I bounced across the sales hall… shame they look so flashy though - like something my teenage sons would wear (I asked if they came in black or brown, but the sales chap just looked bemused). This was after running over a computerised pressure pad that informed me my feet were 'neutral' and that I can run in a straight line.
Also on the positive side, I thought I'd scarcely begun my marathon training (having just jogged to and from the office a couple of times), but it turns out I've been 'Cross-training' without knowing it. This doesn't involve training in a skirt and frilly top, or being very irate - it just means that the few laps around the hotel swimming pool at midnight last week can be counted (I was in Jakarta, Indonesia for a conference on orangutans - see press release - but didn't fancy jogging through the choked-up streets dodging traffic). Cross-training, I now know, is using other sports to increase your fitness, so my running up escalators or cycling between meetings is legit. Nevertheless, I also now know that my target is no longer just to run 26.2 miles on 18th April… I must be able to run 18-20 miles by the end of March!! The experts reckon that if I can do that, I should take it lightly for the final three weeks.
The other tip was that I should find out for how long I can comfortably run (without worrying so much about the distance run). Still, its early days yet - I've still got 11 weeks to go…
If you are taking part in any of these events or others no matter how big or small contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to raise funds for Born Free.
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