Antarctic dream collapses

Pictured are racers at the Extreme World Races Antarctic challenge which Marc Woods of Hathersage company Sladen Woods took part in.
Pictured are racers at the Extreme World Races Antarctic challenge which Marc Woods of Hathersage company Sladen Woods took part in.

A DISABLED intrepid adventurer who took on an Antarctic trek to raise thousands of pounds for the mental health charity MENCAP has had to pull out after collapsing with a chest infection.

Marc Woods, of training company Sladen Woods, at Hathersage, set out on the Extreme World Races 25 day challenge on New Year’s Day as part of a two-man team.

But a Sladen Woods spokesman sadly confirmed that Marc had to abandon the trek due to illness and is expected to return home this week to begin his recovery.

The spokesman said: “Sadly, Marc has had to be withdrawn from the trek for his own safety and he’s devastated. What will happen to any sponsorship money and donations has not yet been decided.”

The father-of-one, who lost a leg during treatment for cancer, took on the challenge to mark the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s South Pole expedition.

Marc is also a former Paralympian swimmer and has won four Paralympic gold medals.