Northampton dad will run marathon in temperatures of minus 26 Celsius

Chris Petrie
Chris Petrie
  • Route will take in three laps of the blizzard-hit Arctic base camp
  • Charities that will benefit will be National Autistic Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Chris’s daughter Olivia, aged 11, has autism

A man from Northampton will travel to the North Pole to run a marathon for a charity that helps his autistic daughter.

Chris Petrie, aged 47 from Northampton, will battle temperatures of minus 25 degrees Celsius in the Arctic on April 9.

Picture taken during a previous North Pole marathon event

Picture taken during a previous North Pole marathon event

Chris said: “I’ve been doing lots of cross country running in my training, but I don’t think anything can prepare me for the freezing temperatures and potential blizzards at the North Pole.

“I’ve been thinking about the North Pole Marathon on and off for the past seven years after my sister, Caroline, bought me a book for my 40th birthday called ‘A Year of Adventures’, which basically is a bucket list of exciting things to do, including the North Pole Marathon.

“This year I decided to stop thinking about it and sign up.”

Chris’s eldest daughter, 11-year-old Olivia, has Asperger’s / High-functioning Autism, so he is running partly for the National Autistic Society.

Add in the below freezing temperatures and treacherous terrain and this is going to be the ultimate challenge for Chris

He is also raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK after seeing a number of members of his family contract the disease as well as clients at the financial services firm where he works.

Jessica Hiscocks, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said every £20 he raises will fund another hour of dementia research, for the 8,000 people who have the disease in Northamptonshire.

She said: “Running a traditional marathon is gruelling enough but add in the below freezing temperatures and treacherous terrain and this is going to be the ultimate challenge for Chris.

Chris will fly to Svalbard, a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean, on April 5 where he will meet the rest of the group taking part in the North Pole Marathon.

Following a debrief and having adjusted to the below-freezing temperature, the group will then fly to the North Pole ready to take part in the marathon, which begins on Thursday, April 9.

The route consists of three-mile laps around the base camp.

To donate to his Just Giving page visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/chris-petrie