A mother-of-two said she was “really proud” after running a half marathon in Greenland in freezing temperatures.
Nicky Chisholm, 50, completed the world’s coolest half marathon in under four hours across glaciers and the arctic tundra, where the average temperature is minus 16 degrees Celsius.
Her achievement comes after spending some time training in a specially designed “fridge” to replicate the temperatures she would experience while running.
Nicky, who lives near Brighton Marina, said: “I enjoyed every minute of it. I was determined to get around smiling because it was the privilege of my life.
“Sometimes you ran and sometimes you scramble, it was a really tough course.
“I got some massive blues this week now but I had a great team behind me.”
Prior to the run, Nicky had been training for over a week, including at the University of Brighton’s Environment Extremes Laboratory. The lab can be used to recreate extreme temperatures such as the low temperatures of the Arctic Circle.
The field of 80 runners included participants from all over the world.
After the group met in Copenhagen, she said she felt privileged to be able to speak to some “amazing” people.
Nicky said one issue she faced was how to deal with wildlife on the track, adding that “the guy who started the race had a shotgun on his shoulder” to deal with the possibility of being wilder animals to finish.
One of her driving forces was her two sons, Calan, 17, and Fin, 14, who “were really proud when I showed them the photos.”
As part of the run, Nicky also raised funds for the charity Safe in Sussex and the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice near Angmering.
She has supported the two charities several times in the past, including rappelling from a castle.
During her fundraising efforts she has raised over £2,300 for the charities but has said she would like to reach £2,500. Donations are possible at www.justgiving.com/team/2022greenland.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23112810.brighton-mum-completes-greenland-run-charities/?ref=rss Brighton mum completes Greenland charity run