Blog Please support our Richmond Park Marathon Volunteer We are delighted to announce that one of our local volunteers, James Simcox, is running the Richmond Park Marathon on Sunday 19th May to raise funds for Environment Trust and help us in our mission to protect British mammals. Please SUPPORT him. In the past twenty years many British mammals, including hedgehogs and water voles have declined by up to two-thirds. The Mammal Society and Natural England warns that twelve British mammals are threatened with imminent extinction. We are so grateful to James for all the sweat and time he has invested in training and for his amazing fundraising efforts. We recently caught up with him to discuss how his training was going. James explained that he had spent five nights a week training throughout the winter. This has involved him running in the dark through Bushy Park with just a head lamp to guide him. Recently his training has been also been hampered by a sore knee but with some physio support, James is back on track. James said, “I did the London Marathon last year for Environment Trust when it was incredibly hot and that was very challenging. I am hoping the temperature and conditions will be different this time around. “Richmond Park is an incredibly beautiful place, so I feel fortunate to have this opportunity. There is always some interesting wildlife to see. I recently saw the most spectacular patch of wild flowers and there are always deer and parakeets about. I also saw an owl in broad day light on a recent run, which was so unusual. All the wildlife makes the event really special.” “The biggest challenge with the Richmond Park Marathon will be the hills and the fact that when I will be tired, there will inevitably be another big hill around the corner. However, I am very inspired by other runners and I know the atmosphere and supporters on the day will keep me going. One of the runners will be running her 100th Marathon at Richmond which kind of puts it into perspective.” “My plan will not be to focus on speed but on getting around and completing it and ensuring I can raise as much money as possible for Environment Trust.” James Simcox is a driving instructor by day and is fitting his training in around his lessons. If you would like to SPONSOR James and help to save endangered mammals, we would be extremely grateful.