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.

If you would like to join our Virtual 13k Durrell Challenge Runners and #doitfordurrell please click here to register.


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. After the race, the zoo will come alive with wild activities around the grounds!


Unfortunately, due to Government guidelines we are no longer able to hold the Really Wild Day at Jersey Zoo on Sunday 27th September 2020.


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 and Really Wild Day are kindly sponsored by Butterfield.

13K Road Race

The timed 13K road race starts at 09:00 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.

Henry Cavill, our Race Ambassador, will be supporting the event. Runners who register for the VIP entry must raise at least £1,200 using a JustGiving fundraising page. VIP fundraisers will receive a welcome drink and light buffet, as well as the opportunity to meet Henry Cavill for a scheduled photograph*.

All those entered for the 13K race will automatically receive free entry into the Really Wild Day, as the race finishes within the zoo grounds. Please note, for your family and friends to gain access to the zoo, they will need to purchase tickets for the Really Wild Day. Entry is free for Durrell members, but booking is essential. Really Wild Day tickets are now available.

 *While Henry Cavill has pledged his support for the Durrell Challenge and will do his best to attend on the day, the event organisers cannot guarantee that he will be present. Please see our FAQs.

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.