Paul Goldstein completes two marathons and conquers Kilimanjaro all in one week

23rd April 2012

Wanderlust contributing editor Paul Goldstein has once again worn his 13kg tiger suit, this time to embark on a trio of gruelling events to raise money and awareness of the Bengal tigers

Award-winning photographer and Wanderlust blogger Paul Goldstein has completed his trio of endurance events, finishing yesterday on Sunday 23 April, all with a 9ft tiger strapped to his back. The aim of last week's incredible challenges was to raise £25,000 for a Friends of Conservation tiger project in Bandhavgarh, India.

He donned the feline costume last Sunday when he ran the Brighton marathon (in under six hours) and then again when he hiked to the summit of Africa's tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro (5,895m). Paul strapped the tiger on his back one final time yesterday, when he embarked on the 26.2 miles in the London marathon yesterday.

Last week's three part charity challenge was to highlight the plight of the world's tigers. It was a part of his third Worth More Alive Than Dead campaign to raise money for  international wildlife charity Friends of Conservation. Paul is now over half way to his £25,000 target; donations can still be made via his Just Giving Page.

Friends of Conservation works with local communities to help protect endangered species and habitats around the world. Paul has pledged his support to the charity’s project in Bandhavgarh, India, a reserve which is the home to 59 wild tigers.

Paul has previously raised a staggering £80,000 for the cause. Last year, he ran over 100 miles in four marathons in a week, once again sporting his distinctive tiger costume.

Tigers are teetering on the edge of extinction in the wild; numbers have dwindled from 100,000 to 3,200 over the past century and now occupy only 7% of their historic territories.

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