Buxton Student Takes On North Pole Challenge
Date posted: 5 February 2013
An intrepid University of Derby Buxton student is preparing for a challenge that will leave him feeling on top of the world. If he manages to run 26 miles across the Arctic to complete the North Pole Marathon, Tom Jenner will raise thousands of pounds for the hospital that helped save his little brother's life.
Tom, age 19 from Flitch Green, Essex, took advantage of the recent cold weather to put in some extra training for the marathon, which he will run in April 2014. By doing so he hopes to raise more than £20,000 for the cardiac unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital which saved his younger brother Ollie's life.
Tom said: "In 2010 my little brother Ollie, who is now 11, was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a rare and potentially fatal heart condition. They decided Ollie needed open heart surgery which thankfully was a complete success. If he hadn't been given this rare diagnosis he would have died, so running the North Pole Marathon is my way of giving something back to the staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital for what they have done for my family."
Only 255 runners have ever completed the race, during which temperatures can plummet to minus 32 degrees. Tom is hoping the experience he is gaining on a Foundation Degree in Outdoor Activities at the University of Derby Buxton, which includes winter skills training, will stand him in good stead.
"The only thing I can't prepare for is polar bears," said Tom. "But I'm really looking forward to the experience and plan to run at least a marathon a week over the next year to train."
To find out more about Outdoor degrees at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/outdoor