Visit London Blog » Chris Moon Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Great Gorilla Run: One Day To Go Fri, 25 Sep 2009 13:00:40 +0000 It’s now only one day until the Great Gorilla Run and the nerves are starting to build up.  I’m not nervous about the race itself, more about how hot my gorilla suit is going to be.

Gorillas running across Tower Bridge

There was a tangible sense of excitement in the Visit London offices when the suit arrived in the post and it did not disappoint.  

I’m not really sure how to describe it; any description just would not do it justice, from the full rubber face mask, to the all-in-one furry suit. There’s even a set of gorilla gloves – just in case my human hands would give away the fact that I’m not a real gorilla!

The only thing the suit doesn’t have is any kind of ventilation, but I have to say, I do love it. Who wouldn’t love to own a gorilla suit? I’ll never have an excuse not to go to a fancy dress party!

So once I had the suit, my attention turned to training. I’m lucky that I’m already training to run a marathon next month, so my fitness is OK. But running a marathon and running a four-mile race dressed as a gorilla are completely different things.

Michael Phelps has won countless medals in the swimming pool, but I would like to see him do it dressed as a shark…

I tried running up and down the stairs wearing every jumper and rugby top I own; I turned the heating up and ate a vindaloo with a scarf wrapped around my head; nothing quite recreates the feeling of unstoppable sweating.

So in the end there was only one thing I could do – yesterday afternoon I donned the suit and went for a run around work. Apart from getting my photo taken by tourists, scaring children and having every CCTV camera in the area watching me, it went very well and I think I’m ready for Saturday.

If you want to come along to one of the most fun events London has to offer, bring your bananas and cameras, and your best supporting voices and position yourself along the route to enjoy what will be a great London day out.

Oh, and look out for Chris the Gorilla who will be wearing a Visit London T-shirt too.

Find out why Chris entered The Great Gorilla Run

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Reasons To Run Around London in a Gorilla Suit Wed, 09 Sep 2009 11:00:32 +0000 The Great Gorilla Run

Everyone has a list of life ambitions: write a book, win the lottery, have a No. 1 single, run around London in a gorilla costume. Yes, you read that last one correctly!

It may not be top of most people’s lists, but on Saturday 26 September, I will be taking part in the Great Gorilla Run, a 7km race around the streets of London, to raise money for the 700 remaining mountain gorillas in the wild. And I can’t wait!

I have to admit that I wouldn’t normally don a gorilla suit just to go on a run, but there is something amazing about taking part in sporting occasions in the capital which makes it worth wearing a hairy second skin.

I’ve taken part in a couple of London events before and it always surprises me just how cool and inspiring it is to run past so many iconic buildings.

However, the best thing about events in London is always the crowd. During every event I have ever competed in, the London community has always been incredible. The enthusiasm, encouragement and support they provide is always so valued and helpful for those competing.

The endless cheers, shouts and clapping are like an extra oar to the boat crews; an extra pair of legs to the marathon runners; an extra penalty to the city’s rugby teams; and an extra gear to the cyclists.  And no doubt they’ll be an extra banana to us gorillas!

The Great Gorilla Run will take me through the City, across the Thames via four different bridges (including Tower Bridge) and speeding past some of London’s most famous attractions such as Tate Modern, HMS Belfast, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England – phew!

And if it goes well, then who knows, London 2012 may see the first Gorilla to win an Olympic Gold medal.

There’s now just over 3 weeks to go until the event. Training has begun so look out for updates on how it’s going shortly.

Sponsor Chris Moon

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