Paul Gurney is aiming to be one of only three people in history to compete in two of the toughest races in the world. The Fire and Ice challenge will see Paul competing in the Polar Race this month and running in the infamous Marathon des Sables in a year's time.
The Polar Race is a 620km walk to the Magnetic North Pole from Resolute Bay in Nunuvat, Canada. Billed as the toughest footrace on earth, Marathon des Sables represents the other extreme for ultra marathons. The race is a gruelling six day 210k ultra-marathon through the Sahara desert. Paul is aiming to raise £50,000 through the challenge for VSO - an international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.
Paul said: "Over the past few years I have done a number of different challenges. When I looked at the opportunities to do something genuinely unique, the idea of the Fire and Ice challenge was born. I was looking at doing a major challenge in 2013 and I identified a few 'extreme' challenges that were logistically feasible. Two commercially available options both advertised themselves as the 'toughest races on earth'. I was curious. Clearly, one had to be harder... but which one? I figured it could be fun to find out!"
"I'll be going from -50 to +50 degrees, so they are two hugely different challenges but challenges that will hopefully inspire people to get involved with the charity."
For more information or to make a donation, visit the Fire and Ice Challenge website.