Published: 2, February 2022
A local dad is holding a 5k fun run to support his bid to run one of the most challenging marathons on earth for three local hospitals in West Sussex.
Seth Wise, 40, has set his sights on conquering the FVD North Pole Marathon this April to raise funds for Love Your Hospital, the dedicated NHS charity for St Richard’s, Worthing, and Southlands Hospitals, along with two other charities – Cancer Research and Ubuntu Pathways.
Seth, whose wife Verity works as a Maternity Care Assistant for St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, has organised a 5k ‘Frozen Fun Run’ at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on 27th February to get the whole community involved in supporting his Arctic adventure.
Extreme Challenge: Seth Wise has been in training for two years
The dad of three said, “I am delighted and terrified in equal measure to confirm that the 17th edition of the North Pole Marathon is well and truly on course to take part on 10th April 2022 after being cancelled two years running due to covid restrictions.”
“Ahead of this, the Frozen Fun Run will be a great opportunity to bring local people together safely to challenge themselves and show their support for our incredible local hospitals, especially in view of the unbelievably challenging time NHS staff have continued to face over the course of the pandemic.”
“The emphasis really is on fun for all the family with entertainment, music, and giveaways on the day. It’s open to all abilities whether you run jog, walk or shuffle, come and join us at this iconic track for a great cause!
Cheer Squad: Wife, Verity, and daughters, Primrose and Lettie offer support to Seth during last year’s marathon challenge at Goodwood Motor Circuit
About the North Pole Marathon
Despite the delays, Seth has continued his gruelling training schedule to keep in peak condition and ready to face extreme sub-zero temperatures to finish 26.2 miles in one of the remotest parts of the planet.
The North Pole Marathon, which first began in 2003, has seen 552 people from more than 55 nations successfully complete the course, and is recognised by Guinness World Records as the Northernmost Marathon on Earth.
Seth added, “This marathon is not run on land, it’s essentially run on a frozen piece of ice constantly shifting position in the high Arctic Ocean. I’ve taken on 27 marathons and completed an Ironman Triathlon, but this is completely outside my comfort zone. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.”
Event organisers provide heated tents every 5km and draft in spotters to scan the horizon during the race in case of approaching polar bears.
Steve Crump, interim director of charities at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, said, “Seth is taking part in one of the most unique and challenging marathons on the planet and has continued to train hard despite the disappointment of the event being cancelled. The Frozen Fun Run is a wonderful way to not only support Seth in his dedication and personal sacrifice, but also local NHS staff who have gone above and beyond for us, our loved ones and the whole West Sussex community.”
How to enter the Frozen Fun Run
Entry for the Frozen Fun Run is £10 and under 13s go free if accompanied by a paying adult.
To book your place visit: www.goodwood.com/frozenfunrun
To find out more about Seth’s North Pole Marathon challenge visit www.90degrees-north.com or make a donation at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/the-collaborate-global-foundation