A challenging charity marathon route

A chilly reception awaits runners on this Mencap marathon

Adding a new spin to the much-trodden path of charity marathons is no easy feat, but the North Pole Marathon, a 26.2-mile race that takes place from April 4 to 8 across the Arctic ice floes in sub-zero temperatures, does just that. An annual event since 2006, the marathons have raised more than €2m for a host of charitable causes, including £50,000 for Mencap, a UK-based learning disability charity, which has reserved places on the marathon this year. Each place costs €11,900, and all funds raised will support Mencap’s campaigns, such as its Stand by Me initiative to end disability hate crime.

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And for those who would prefer an equally tough yet less chilling challenge, Mencap is also organising a series of desert races this year. Places on April’s gruelling 150-mile Marathon des Sables across the Moroccan Sahara are already filled, but there are other options in Jordan (May 13-21) and China (June 1-17).

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Entry for all events closes when places are filled.

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