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Three military doctors will race in 150km Arctic challenge for charity

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

Three military doctors to take on Arctic challenge for charity

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Three military junior doctors will face the challenge of a lifetime in an Arctic Winter Race to raise money for charity.

Next month, Flight Lieutenant Michael Thompson, Surgeon Lieutenant Alex Bamford and Captain George Graham from Derriford hospital will travel to Lapland to take part in the gruelling challenge.

The Rovaniemi 150 challenge takes place between February 14 and 16, which will see the trio race on foot across 150km of Northern Finland in aid of Combat Stress.

The charity specialises in the care of Veterans’ mental health which they have raised more than £1,500 for so far with a target of £3000.

Flight Lieutenant Mr Thompson, said: “With temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius in the Arctic Circle and only 42 hours to complete the race, this will be a huge challenge.

“Currently there are only 20 applicants for the foot race and last year’s completion rate was less than 50 percent.

“As you can see, we are really up against it.

“We will be pushing ourselves to such physical and mental extremes.”

The race will be completed through the Finnish landscape, including Lapland’s main city, Rovaniemi.

They will raise funds for Combat Stress a leading UK charity, which supports more than 5,200 ex-service men and women.

If you are interested in supporting the trio, donations can be made via their justgiving page: www.justgiving.com/TEAMS/ARCTIC-ULTRA

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