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Mencap’s Marathon To The North Pole

November 3, 2011

I have just received the press release below from Mencap.

Keen runners can take part in an exclusive marathon with a difference, to raise vital funds for learning disability charity Mencap.

 Runners who have already tackled a marathon on dry land and are looking for their next challenge could attempt a marathon experience like no other. The North Pole marathon is the only endurance race run entirely on water – the frozen water of the Arctic ocean.

 It is a unique opportunity to enjoy an exclusive trip to the captivating North Pole while taking part in an extraordinary challenge at the same time. Taking place from 4 – 8 April 2012, the event is a mere 26.2 mile trek in sub-zero temperatures, making it one of the toughest marathons around. Even the most serious marathon runners need an average of six months to train for the challenge.

 Tim Davie, BBC director and North Pole Marathon runner for Mencap, comments: “The North Pole marathon is a unique and unforgettable adventure.  Anyone who has taken part in a marathon knows that it is no easy task, but when you combine that with intensely cold temperatures it becomes an incredibly difficult but rewarding challenge. The experience of travelling to the North Pole for Mencap remains one of the most memorable experiences I’ve have ever had.”

 Mencap have guaranteed places available for this year’s North Pole marathon and if runners choose to fundraise for Mencap they get a range of benefits including fundraising and training support, free outer shell and snow shoes and free, or discounted, health and fitness services. There is no minimum sponsorship target and competitors can claim a 40% refund of any amount raised to cover entry costs.

 Andrea Matias, Mencap’s events development manager, comments: “We’re delighted to have guaranteed places again for this year’s North Pole marathon. It’s a very exclusive race which offers a once-in-a lifetime experience. It’s an extreme challenge but the experience you get is like no other. We’re very grateful to anyone who takes on the challenge to raise vital funds for Mencap’s ongoing work to support people with a learning disability.”

 If the sub-zero conditions of the North Pole seem too much, Mencap also have places in desert races in Chile, Jordan, Morocco, China and South Africa, as a warmer alternative.

 If you would like to take part in a marathon for Mencap sign up at

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