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Gorilla Run hopes to break record as it returns to city

The Gorilla Run returns to London today. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Uri Geller and Bill Oddie will join hundreds of runners as they dress up as gorillas and jog across the city - all in the name of charity.

The London Great Gorilla Run returns today for the 11th year and organisers are hoping to set a new record with more than 1,000 people taking part.

The event is run by The Gorilla Organization and raises money to help protect gorillas and preserve their habitat.

"We have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest we've received in the past but the public's help is needed more today than ever before. It is for a serious cause but, let's be honest, running through London dressed as a gorilla is a lot of fun."

– Ian Redmond, The Gorilla Organization chairman.

As well as event patron Bill Oddie and Uri Geller, Boris Johnson's father, Stanley, is expected to take part.

The runners will pass iconic sites includes St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Police prepare for counter protests at EDL march

Police say they are expecting "one or more counter protests" as supporters of the English Defence League prepare to march through London today.

The group plans to stage a demonstration at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street, between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Demonstrators are set to meet at Trafalgar Square before marching along Whitehall.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers would have an "appropriate and proportional" policing team to respond to the event.

He added that the force was expecting at least one counter protest and police were already in contact with demonstrators.


Wembley to host Euro 2020 final

Wembley Stadium will stage the climax of the European Championship Credit: PA

England has won the right to host the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020.

Wembley Stadium will stage the climax of the European Championship, the first time a major football tournament has been held in England since Euro 96.

UEFA's executive committee awarded the final to Wembley ahead of Munich's Allianz Arena at a meeting in Geneva.

Weather: Dull and damp weekend ahead

Clouds over Somerset House Credit: PA


Scattered heavy showers which are moving slowly in light winds. Warm and muggy day. Highs of 24C.


Showers re-intensify in the evening (particularly in the west) then a cloudy, misty and gloomy night.


Dull and overcast start with some damp drizzle.


Slightly brighter but still cloudy with scattered showers. Temperatures still mild but noticeably cooler than today with highs of 21C.


Dry and settled day with a brighter afternoon.


Staying fine with cooler nigh time temperatures.

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