Amy Ennis, CII member and placing broker at WT Butler & Co, has recently completed The North Pole Marathon, raising more than £5,000 for charity. The event is run over the traditional distance of 26.2 miles but in such extreme weather conditions that temperatures can drop as low as -36C.
The race was delayed for a week due to cracks opening up in the ice around Camp Barneo, where the runners are based. Dubbed 'The World's Coolest Marathon', the event first took place in 2002 and the entire course floats above 14,000ft of Arctic Ocean. It even has armed guards marshalling the route in case of polar bear attacks.
Ms Ennis said the race was a massive challenge: "Fitting training in along with two jobs, as well as studying for my CII exams was a huge commitment but it was worth it in the end, I met some amazing people and I was absolutely ecstatic when I finished!"
Ms Ennis completed the event in eight hours and 35 minutes , coming 10th in the women's competition and 35th overall.
The charity run was in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, which gives specialist care to hundreds of babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and also provides support to their families in east Sussex, Kent and southeast London.
Ms Ennis is still welcoming donations, which can be made at: www.justgiving.com/amy-runs-the-north-pole-marathon