In what some described as a desperate attempt to find reliable January sunshine, I recently travelled to Antarctica, to run the Ice Marathon. I was aiming to raise £10,000 for five fantastic charities – Marie Curie, SANDS, Anthony Nolan, upReach and United World Schools.
Visiting Antarctica was an incredible experience. We stayed in tents for four days acclimatising to temperatures that on race day plummeted to -30C with winds of over 30mph. A marathon in these conditions provides unique challenges – we were warned of the risks of frostbite, and bizarrely, the importance of staying a little cold – if you get too warm and sweat, you could quickly get very cold and die. If we deviated off course, perhaps through disorientation, we risked falling down mile deep crevasses. No-one was tempted to take a shortcut!
I completed the marathon in 4 hours and 42 minutes, and so far around £8,000, or 80% of the target has been raised. If you would like to make a donation, please visit the below site.
The charities and I are extremely grateful for any donations you can make (all donations go directly to charity, I paid for my own trip).
If you’re wondering…
Penguins or polar bears?
Why these charities?
How do you train for it?
The above website has all the details and more – or email firstname.lastname@example.org
John Craven is Chief Executive of CAN³ organisation upReach. Find out more about how CAN³ can work for your organisation.