Zoo animals inspire Marathon runner

Published: 15 April 2016

Zoo animals inspire Marathon runner

With days to go before the Virgin Money London Marathon, runner Izzy Warren is taking her inspiration from her place of work – Paignton Zoo.

“Some of the animals here are good role models!” she says. Visitor Services Manager Izzy is running on behalf of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, the zoo’s parent charity.

The cheetah seems an obvious animal when it comes to running, but no: “They are fast but they can’t keep going over long distances!”

For endurance running, she’s better served taking hoof stock like zebra as her example. “Zebra don’t look that powerful, but they can run at 35mph and have great stamina.” Giraffe look like they run in slow motion, but they can reach 35mph and will cruise at around 30mph for a couple of miles. Kangaroo and ostrich can hit 43mph.

Izzy, who is running her first ever London Marathon, is happy to settle for a rather more modest role model: “I think the best animal I can compare myself to is the giant tortoise!”

Izzy’s Virgin Giving page is: www.virginmoneygiving.com/IzzyWarren. You can also donate at front of house at Paignton Zoo. All money raised will support the conservation work at the zoo. Her running number is 53058 – you can follow her progress on the day as there will be a link on www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com.

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