I will be running the North Pole Marathon in a couple of days time when there is a good ‘ window of opportunity ‘ logistic wise. In the meantime the runners are having fun in the Arctic Circle as we wait for our charter flight to 90 degrees and the Pole itself
As regular readers will know the North Pole Marathon race director was my main sponsor on my world run, What a friend Richard Donovan is for when I crossed the finish line in October Richard presented me with a free trip and entry for the race as my reward for running around the world! Richard also said it’s a return trip so I don’t have to run home
Please follow the race and the build up on
Richard says he will be updating by satellite phone.
and I will post some buildup gossip here.
Evening in Longyearbyen population 2,050 and the most northern town in the world, more snow mobiles than people.
Not much to do here that is perhaps why there is a large Thai community as many people imported Thai brides
Instead I had a drink with Richard Donovan right and Australian former world marathon record holder Rob de Castella (the Deek) who in 1986 broke the world record in Boston 2hour 07.51 Rob, a humble man who prefers to be known for his fantastic work with the Australian indigenous people. Through the Indigenous Marathon Project Rob is showing them a healthy and better lifestyle. Also picture is Adrian Dobson-Shaw who is leading the way in his community.
He is a role model for a cleaner lifestyle and says his people are embracing positive change
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Earlier in the day:
My most important mission this week has been achieved! I promised Abi Delaney and Shauna Kelly who are related to my cousin Sandra Kelly Delaney that I would personally deliver their letters to Santa at the North Pole! Here I am posting Abi and Shauna’s letters!
Hoh! Hoh! Hoh!