Midhurst man takes part in Great Gorilla Run

John Boulton with Bill Oddie, who started the race
John Boulton with Bill Oddie, who started the race

A Midhurst businessman got in touch with his animal instincts to raise money for a conservation charity.

John Boulton, who took part in the Great Gorilla Run held in London at the end of September to raise money for the Gorilla Organization, was the oldest runner in the group at 68.

After donning a heavy gorilla costume, John was among 450 people who ran seven kilometres around the capital, to the bemused looks and smiles of tourists, commuters and residents who cheered them on.

The run took them past a number of famous sights such as Tower Bridge and past landmarks including the Tate Modern art gallery.

The aim of the event is to raise money for the 700 remaining gorillas which lives in the wilds of African countries such as Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

John said this was the fourth year he had taken part in the event, raising more than £400 for the charity.

“I just heard about the charity by chance some years ago and ever since then I’ve run this event,” he said.

“It’s a great fun event which creates money to protect a very vulnerable species.”