Sunday 23 July 2017

'Gorilla Man' crawls route of London Marathon for charity

Tom Harrison the Gorilla Man. Photo: PA
Tom Harrison the Gorilla Man. Photo: PA

Edd Dracott London

A police officer has been crawling the route of the London Marathon in a gorilla costume since the race began on Sunday morning.

Tom Harrison, who goes by the name Mr Gorilla, is raising money for the Gorilla Organisation and has yet to complete half of the 42km race.

The 41-year-old Londoner started at 10.34am on Sunday. By lunchtime yesterday, he had reached Rotherhithe underground station - about 18km into the course.

He has slept at friends' houses in the evenings after completing around 10 to 12 hours and 7km a day and has swapped between crawling on hands and knees and up on hands and feet to save his blistered knees.

"I'm going good, I've just been having a gorilla power nap. Just been napping on some bark chippings under an old tree," joked Mr Harrison while he was on a break, which he has been having to take every 200m.

"It's hard work today. All of my muscles are aching now so I've probably had a few more stops than previous days.

"It's all about raising the profile of the Gorilla Organisation and raising money." He expects to finish the race on Friday.

Irish Independent

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