AN ARBROATH marathon runner will have been enjoying the recent warm temperatures more than most after returning from a gruelling expedition in the Arctic Circle.
David Jorgensen was taking part in the 6633 Ultra, a 350-mile trek on the ice roads of Canada to raise money for local charity Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL).
Although the tough conditions, which included David having to pull a sledge with his food, shelter and other equipment, got the better of him, he still managed to complete an impressive 120 miles of the course in two-and-a-half days.
And his efforts have still seen almost £3,000 raised for TCCL which will help local children battling cancer.
David said: “I didn’t do too bad lyalthough I didn’t manage to complete the 350-mile race.
“I still finished the 120-mile race in two-and-half days which I am happy about.
“Out of the 12 people who took part, only one person managed to finish so that shows you how tough it was.
“Even guys who were in the special forces didn’t manage to finish.”
During the trek temperatures dipped as low as -37 degrees and the participants including David had to battle with gusts of wind of up to 60 miles per hour.
But despite the extreme freezing conditions race organisers told him that it was mild for this time of year.
However, one of the more memorable experiences of his trip was taking part in the initiation ceremony before the event started.
He explained: “Everybody had to try a sour toe cocktail, which was a cocktail with a human toe inside.
“The toe was from a person who had suffered frostbite and although you didn’t have to drink it, you had to make sure it touched your lips.
“It was certainly an experience to remember.”