A THRILL-SEEKER will brave bone-chilling temperatures and the risk of frostbite when she embarks on a 300-mile winter race in Canada next month.
Marianne Heading is preparing to spend up to eight days running across frozen rivers and lakes in temperatures ranging from -30°C to -50°C in the Yukon Arctic Ultra - dubbed the world’s coldest and toughest ultramarathon.
Forty-year-old Marianne, from Holmgate Road, Clay Cross, said: “I can’t wait to get out there - I’m excited and nervous at the same time.
“Being alone in the middle of nowhere will be fascinating, and who knows, I may get to see the Northern Lights which would be fantastic.
“Obviously I’m concerned about frostbite - that is the biggest risk.
“If you throw water into the air, it turns to snow - it’s that freezing out in Yukon.”
Marianne, who works as an information systems manager, will have to carry a number of items - including food, water, a stove, sleeping gear and emergency supplies - on a sledge during the race.
The brave adventurer will have to support herself although she will be able to stop off at a series of checkpoints where she will be given much-needed hot meals and drinks and get checked out for frostbite.
“It’s all about survival,” said Marianne, who took part in a shorter version of the race last year.
“You’ve just got to keep moving and not give up.”
Marianne caught the ultramarathon race bug after she worked as a volunteer at the checkpoints when her brother took part in the challenge a couple of years ago.