One-legged man set for South Pole

Pictured centre is Marc Woods, director of Sladen Woods, at Hope Valley, during training for a Mencap fundraising Antarctic expedition. He was joined during training by colleagues Richard Colley, right, and Piers Carter.
Pictured centre is Marc Woods, director of Sladen Woods, at Hope Valley, during training for a Mencap fundraising Antarctic expedition. He was joined during training by colleagues Richard Colley, right, and Piers Carter.
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AN INTREPID adventurer who lost a leg during treatment for cancer is set to take on a 704km Antarctic trek to raise money for the mental health charity Mencap.

Marc Woods, of training company Sladen Woods, at Hathersage, joined team members at Cape Town, South Africa, this week, to acclimatise before the Extreme World Races challenge which marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s South Pole expedition.

Marc said: “My background in coaching and development has been a real help in my personal preparation and that of the Sladen Woods team.

“I’m not the fastest skier especially when dragging 70kgs but I can ski straight and when faced with a landscape with no discernible features this is a very useful attribute.”

Former paralympian swimmer Marc lost a leg to cancer when he was 17 years-old and has had to adapt to a specially designed artificial leg to cope with the rigours of the 25 day expedition.

But the father-of-one is no stranger to defying the odds after he competed at five Paralymic Games and won four gold medals and commentated for BBC Sports at the Beijing games.

He was joined by friends during a tough training session at Stanage Edge to help him overcome sub-zero temperatures, winds and miles of unforgiving snow and ice.

Sladen Woods which advises organisations and businesses on how to develop and progress is sponsoring the endeavour because it feels the adventure reflects its work-related leadership and team goals.

Marc, who sets off across the Antarctic on New Year’s Day, added: “We’ve had to think about our roles to make sure we maximise our potential and to give us the best chance.

“Things can go wrong quickly. Forget to put your sunscreen on until after you leave your tent and it will freeze to your face.”

Those interested in sponsoring Marc and supporting Mencap can make donations via www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TeamSladenWoods.