O’Neill is an athlete with a twist; joining the growing community of marathon runners who compete in a range of weird and wonderful fancy dress costumes to raise money for charity.
‘Rhino Runners’ compete in races on behalf of Save the Rhino. ‘Rhino Runners’ are one of the most distinctive marathon costumes, with each outfit weighing approximately 11kgs.
In 2012, Vincent took part in the London Marathon and completed the race in an impressive time of 4h17 mins, which is currently the fastest time in Save the Rhino’s history. (His personal best, sans Rhino outfit, is 02h56). This year Vincent continues to ‘better his best’ as he plans to be taking part in the Comrades ultra-marathon, South Africa, where he – with some fellow runners – will be running 89km in the Rhino outfit.
Vincent first heard about Save the Rhino through a friend who was taking part in a fundraising event for the charity. He was so inspired by their work and the underlying cause; this motivated him to take part in the London-Paris ultra-triathlon in 2011. As it stands, Vincent and his friends have raised over £20,000 for Save the Rhino.