Dr Stephen Green, Lecturer in Zoology at Cornwall College, ran the London Marathon for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation on Sunday 28 April 2019, completing the race in a time of 4:38:11.

Stephen was interviewed during the BBC One coverage, and did a great job to raise the profile of ARC as a charity. After his television interview a surge of donations appeared on his fundraising page.

After ARC secured an official charity place at the annual event, Stephen won our competitive application process to take this place. Following a ‘vote-by-donation’ element to his fundraising efforts, he ran the entire race as a herpetofauna species, albeit a fictional one: a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

The London Marathon is the largest annual single-day charity fundraising event in the world. In 2019 it passed the £1billion mark for income raised since the inaugural race in 1981. So #ThanksABillion to Steve.

Stephen’s job takes him to exotic places to study amphibians and reptiles, including Honduras and Guatemala. That didn’t deter him from sticking to his training plan during those visits, even donning an ARC t-shirt to raise awareness of ARC across the globe.

After the race Stephen said: "What an incredible day. I'm so proud to have managed to complete the course and represent ARC. I couldn't have done this without the support of family, friends and complete strangers cheering me on and making such generous donations to my fundraising page. The amount raised has rocketed this weekend and we're so close to hitting the target. Let's see if we can get there in the next couple of days."

Every pound raised helps ARC in its mission to conserve amphibians and reptiles for future generations which, like the marathon itself, is a real challenge. Thanks to everyone who has donated on Stephen’s fundraising page so far. His page remains open for a few weeks after the event. If you haven’t already, please help him to reach and exceed the target of £2,000 by donating at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenGreen34