In my mind, this is more than a marathon. It is a project. Since committing to the race, I have immersed myself into a community of committed athletes, studying an array technical kit and researching the physiology of cold climate running.
I have been humbled by the extraordinary feats undertaken by people I had come across recently which make this marathon look like a walk in the park - races such as the Yukon Arctic Ultra (430 miles), the Iditasport in Alaska (1,100 miles), or other arctic and antarctic polar expeditions. These feat truly test the human condition in the harshest of environments.
The bug has been in me for a while. I have competed in triathlons for 10 years, developed a passion for ski touring and trail running and always had a desire for adventure. When one of my brothers ran the fabled Marathon des Sables I could not just sit out the next challenge. So with both brothers we completed the Patrouille des Glaciers in Switzerland. Now, the polar marathon.
But what I enjoy most is the preparation for each race. Hundreds of hours training with friends and family, fine tuning equipment and participating in a community of other highly motivated and passionate people.
If this strikes a chord with you, I invite you to join me. Run, Sponsor, Tweet or just keep an eye on this website from time to time.
Co-founder of Oxford Capital Partners. Husband, father, triathlete and polar marathon runner. Represent Great Britain at master level in Modern Pentathlon.