North Pole marathon adventure for Shona

2012 Ice Marathon. For personal use by the competitors. NOT free to use editorially or commercially. Contact me first.

2012 Ice Marathon. For personal use by the competitors. NOT free to use editorially or commercially. Contact me first.

Multi-marathon runner Shona Thomson is all set for her latest challenge - a long distance run around the top of the world.

The runner will fly to the island of Svalbard from mainland Norway in early April, and from there to the magnetic north for the North Pole marathon .

The 38-year-old, originally from Milngavie but now living in London said: “There is a group of us and we are planning to stay there for a night or two. The plan is to run around several laps of a course that has been set out for us to complete the 26.2 miles marathon distance.”

The biggest challenge she reckons facing all the runners will be the intense cold and weather and isolation.

Shona added: “Fingers crossed for good weather.It has been known to get down to -40, but on the plus side at this time of year it will be 24 hour daylight. The aim will be just to finish it. It will not be a fast race because the conditions are so harsh.”

The City Group banker, who has taken a sabbatical for a year to concentrate on mentoring school children as part of a programme set up following the July 7 London bombing, is no stranger to running in extreme areas around the world.

Last September Shona became the first Scottish woman to run a marathon on seven continents, taking three years to complete the challenge and becoming one of only 20 women in the world to have done it.

The last one was the Da Nang Asian Marathon in Vietnam.

Prior to this she ran in Perth, Australia, Rio South America, New York, London, South Africa and Antarctica.

In recognition of her achievements and her mentoring work with youngsters, Shona has been nominated in two categories at The Scottish Adventurer Awards , to be held on March 5 in The Grand Central Hotel.

Shona said: “I was hugely honoured. It is an immense privilege to be shortlisted alongside some incredible athletes and adventurers like Sean Conway and Mark Beaumont. Those guys are at the top of their games so I’m pretty overwhelmed.

I have been nominated in two categories: Adventurer of the Year Award and Inspiring Others Award.”




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