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Mr. Gorilla cop finishes marathon

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An English policeman wearing a gorilla costume while crawling in the London Marathon has finally finished the race, almost a week after starting. Metropolit­an Police officer Tom Harrison, who goes by the name Mr. Gorilla, raised a reported 26,000 pounds ($46,000) for The Gorilla Organizati­on, which is dedicated to conserving gorillas in countries including Rwanda and Uganda. The 41-year-old Londoner started the 42.2-kilometre route last Sunday and crossed the finish line on Saturday. Harrison slept at friends’ houses in the evenings after completing around 10 to 12 hours and seven kilometres per day. He had swapped between crawling on his hands and knees and up on his hands and feet to save his blistered knees. He crossed the finish line in central London flanked by his two sons — and beating his chest.

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