Update: Franziska will still be running the Marathon on behalf of Paignton Zoo in October 2020, and we will continue to catch up with her and her training later in the Summer.

You can still donate to Franziska's effort through the link below.


First time London Marathon competitor Franziska Bullimore will be taking on this incredible feat on behalf of Paignton Zoo (Registered Charity No. 300923), to raise important funds for our vital wildlife conservation work around the world.

Franziska, who has a background working with animals, lives with her husband Paul and their two young children in Weymouth. Paul runs a company called 'Zooscapes'; a team of designers, engineers and artists specialising in theming aquariums, zoos, museums and theme parks. The family is passionate about conserving wildlife and the enrivonment for future generations.

This will be Franziska's first UK marathon, after completing three in her home city of Berlin since she started running just five years ago. She is aiming for a time under four hours at the race in April.

Franziska has a dedicated Virgin Money Giving page for fundraising. If you would like to support Franzi and her challenge of taking on the London Marathon on behalf of the zoo, then please donate here or through the link below. We would like to thank you in advance for any generous donations.


We'll be sharing updates on Franziska's training to right up until the big day here on this page.