Posted on the daily telegraph:
Yukon: Freeze a jolly tough fellow
Charlie Norton gears up for a gruelling Yukon race
Being towed by huskies can be a thrill, but some people would rather get in harness themselves. It might sound barking mad, but that’s what happens on the Yukon Arctic Ultra race, which frostily boasts it is the coldest, toughest ultra-running challenge in the world.
Hounds and humans will set off together next Saturday. The dog-pulled sleds cover 1,000 miles, but the two-legged substitutes sign up for 26, 100 or 300 miles, depending on their appetite for suffering. Given the merciless terrain and temperatures of Canada’s Northwest Territories, even the shortest course is unbelievably tough.