RUNNING in the wind and rain will be just the tip of the iceberg for one police officer who’s taking on an Arctic challenge.
Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Williams, based in St Asaph, along with some family members, is travelling to Tromso in northern Norway to take part in the Polar Night race by running in sub-zero temperatures to raise funds for Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice.
He said: “We will be running a mixture of the three races on the day - the half marathon, 10k and 5k.
“I'm doing the 10k and will run in aid of what everyone will agree is a really worthwhile cause.
“The Polar Night race is an annual event in Tromso attracting people from a number of countries within Europe and further afield.
“They only have a few hours of daylight at this time of year and the run will therefore be entirely completed in the dark.”
While the distances involved are fairly standard, with the exception of the half marathon, what makes it unusual are the conditions.
On the day of the race the temperature is forecast to be around -17 degrees and runners will have snow and ice under foot.
“There’s not much locally in North Wales that can prepare you for that,” said DCI Williams, who caught the running bug in the summer.
“Given this is therefore an unusual challenge in a what is a beautiful part of the world, it made sense to us to raise some funds for a local charity.
“A number of us work with children and what Ty Gobaith/Hope House does for families is something that has always struck a chord with us.”
“I personally just hope to finish and then enjoy a hot drink at the end.”