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A Marathon Conservation Effort

Not one to turn down a challenge, extreme local runner and founder member of Tadley Running Club, Steve-Bienkowski, has made a New Year’s resolution to run the 2008 London Marathon in aid of The Living Rainforest’s ‘Year of the Frog’ amphibian conservation and education work.

Steve is aiming to raise £10,000 in sponsorship, which would pay for two post-graduate students to carry out frog conservation research work in Madagascar and for education and awareness materials about their research to be produced, highlighting amphibian conservation activities in both the UK and Madagascar. Any additional funds raised will help pay for the ongoing conservation and education work of The Living Rainforest.

Steve began his pursuit of long-distance running in 1984, and has since completed over 150 marathons and 250 half marathons. His stamina has also led him to complete a number of ‘ultra’ runs, including the 80m World Trail Race, the Ghurkas 100k Challenge and the Karrimor 2 day mountain marathon, which involved 2 days in the hills with only the use of map and compass to determine his route and overnight camping out in the wild to test his endurance. However, 2008 will be the first time Steve has run in costume – naturally dressed as a frog!

If you’d like to collect sponsorship for Steve please click here or contact The Living Rainforest on 01635 202444 ext or to find out more about his fundraising activities. In the meantime, if you want to dip your toes into the ‘Year of the Frog’ you can take the ‘Amphibian Trail’ at The Living Rainforest from 12th January.

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