The Durrell Challenge 2020


Further to the Government of Jersey’s update with regard to the Public Health Department’s policy for mass gatherings and events in Level 1 of Jersey’s Safe Exit Framework, there has sadly been no relaxation in the numbers of people that are permitted to attend a mass gathering or event.

This means organisers of the Durrell Challenge needed to significantly reduce the size of the event. In addition, there has been further restrictions placed on events with regards to welcoming visitors from overseas. As a result, organisers have taken the extremely difficult decision to announce that all runners (including VIP runners) who are not residents of Jersey, will be transferred into the Virtual Durrell Challenge 13K in 2020.

We look forward to welcoming runners to the Virtual 13k Durrell Challenge where we can safely welcome runners from around the globe. The dedication of our supporters from around the world is what makes the Durrell Challenge so very special, and so we thank you all for taking on the 13K challenge closer to home and continuing with your incredible fundraising efforts.


For our local runners (Jersey residents’ only) we will be staging a small 13K road race on Sunday 27 September* with limited numbers, so that we comply with the Government of Jersey’s Level 1 restrictions that are currently in place. This means that we will still operate a managed road race, but it will include a number of precautions to ensure that we mitigate any risk associated with the spread of COVID-19.

The race will finish at Jersey Zoo, which will be open as usual for members and visitors. Sadly there is no Really Wild Day this year. However the zoo will be open as usual and after the race, runners, their loved ones, and members of the public are invited to spend the day at Jersey Zoo, where there will be a range of food and drink on offer and entertainment safely spread out around the grounds to make your visit extra special.


Please visit our NEWS page for updates on the Durrell Challenge 2020.


Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust launches the Durrell Challenge 2020, a 13K road race held in Jersey, Channel Islands, taking place on Sunday 27 September 2020. As in previous years, the race is just one element of a day full of festivities. 

The Durrell Challenge is kindly sponsored by Butterfield.

13K Road Race

The timed 13K road race will start from 08:30 – 11:30 due to 7 wave starts in Victoria Park, St. Helier, and finishes at Jersey Zoo in Trinity. Organisers are encouraging people of all abilities to take part to raise valuable funds for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

All those entered for the 13K race will automatically receive free entry into the Jersey Zoo, as the race finishes within the zoo grounds.

We require all Jersey runners to read the race information pack before the event. Click here to read the race information pack. 

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a Registered Charity with the Jersey Charity Commissioner (registered number 1) and a member of the Association of Jersey Charities, membership number 69. Patron: HRH The Princess Royal. Founder: Gerald Durrell, OBE, LHD. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust – UK is registered in England and Wales. A charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered charity number: 1121989.