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Thieves target rhino runner

A charity runner fell prey to criminals at the Comrades Expo on Friday.

Charity runner Vincent O’Neill will attempt to become the first person to complete the Comrades Marathon in a rhino costume solo. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The scourge of rhino poaching will be highlighted in the 2013 Comrades Marathon.

Charity runner Vincent O'Neill plans to make history by being the first person to complete the Comrades Marathon on a rhino costume solo.

It will be the first time that the UK resident competes in South Africa.

Unfortunately, he became a victim of crime when his possessions were stolen at the Comrades Expo on Friday.

His bag was stolen while he was giving an interview at the expo.

Security's swift action led to the recovery of his bag in one of the toilets. He also recovered his wallet and passport.

However, his iPhone; iPad; laptop and 200 pounds were missing.

Despite this, O'Neill will compete on Sunday and raise money for his charity, Save the Rhino International.

His organisation raises money to fight the scourge of rhino poaching.

Meanwhile, over 300 rhino have been poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2013.

The Kruger National Park is the hardest hit, with the number of rhino poached there since January increasing to 216.

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