AN ARBROATH marathon runner is hoping to become one of only a handful of people to complete one of the world’s toughest endurance events.
David Jorgensen is flying out to Canada tomorrow (Saturday) to take part in the 6633 Ultra Marathon, a 350-mile trek on the roads made famous by TV programme ‘Ice Road Truckers’.
And what makes the challenge even more gruelling is that he has to pull his own sledge with his food, shelter and safety equipment along the entire route.
David, who works offshore in the oil industry, will be raising money for local charity Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL).
Only seven people have actually completed the entire 6633 Ultra event and he will become the first Scot to have taken part.
David has been putting in as much training as possible in recent weeks but says nothing will prepare him for race conditions with temperatures set be as low as -40 degrees.
He said: “The event takes place over eight days and we will be covering an average of 43 miles each day.
“We can only really stop when we get to designated check points, which on some parts are 70 miles apart, meaning we will be on the go for 30 hours straight.
“Only seven people have finished the marathon and I’m the first Scottish person to take part so hopefully I will be able to join those select few.
“The temperatures over in Canada have been about -40 degrees lately so that is really going to make it tough.
“But hopefully my time spent on a previous event in the North Pole will help but it has been a few years since I have been in extreme cold like that.”
In preparation for the event, David has been trekking up and down the cycle route on the dual carriageway between Arbroath and Dundee for six to eight hours at a time pulling two car tyres, which simulates the weight of the sledge he will be pulling.
But one of the more daunting parts of the event will come right at the start when all participant take part in an unusual initiation ceremony.
David explained: “There is a bar over there that keeps human toes that have succumbed to frost bite and they make frozen toe cocktails with them.
“All the competitors have to have one before starting the race so I will have to try it!”
Anybody wanting to support David can get in touch with the TCCL charity direct.