Just had a lazy day, a long, long sleep and nothing crazy like running!! We had a safety/ information meeting at 5pm and the advice included not to take a selfie photo in the nude! We were shown pictures of one such unfortunate man whose feet swelled up and blistered by 80% after just 1 minute exposure! I intend to wrap up well. We fly to the North Pole Marathon base camp at 1am on April 10th. The race is scheduled to start at 14.30 GMT that same day. Expected temperature: between -30/ -40C!! My new friend Adrian Dodson-Shaw the Australian aboriginal runner says even here at a mild -4 he has never experienced such coldness.
BTW there is little or no land at the Pole. The race will be run on a floating ice floe. Russian troops parachuted in with a tractor/digger to construct the landing strip for our special cold weather aircraft to land. Marksmen will patrol the course to protect the runners from hungry polar bears! My tactics are…. 1 To run with a bigger runner smile emoticon Run nice and steady except upon meeting a polar bear!
Upon his arrival the race director Richard Donovan will quickly sort out a safe course and measure it by gps. The course will be laps of just under 5km, At the end of each lap we pass the aid tent where it is recommended to calmly take stock of our situation and to replace any damp clothing, which can accelerate hypothermia. Care will be needed to not spill fluid while drinking which can then freeze. All skin will need to be covered while running. We will be using the layer system with added emphasis not to build up sweat which can freeze and to be aware of vent zippers on our windbreaker jackets .
We will be staying in heated tents, 10 persons to a tent! it will be propane heated, not body heated! My race number is 21. There are 45 competitors from 22 countries. There are four runners from Ireland: Tanj Donovan, Richards niece, Paul Grealish owner of the Kings The King’s Head Galway bar in Galway who gave me great hospitality when I ran thru on my world run. Gary Seerywhose club Dublin Bay Running Club kindly gave me a special award last December. And myself. Good luck to all runners!