Avoiding polar bears, dealing with temperatures down to minus 30 degrees Celsius and coping with blizzards from polar Arctic storms – a hardy member of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team battled all these challenges to win the inaugural Berghaus Iceman Polar Race.
Jamie Pattison, from Morpeth, took on the extreme self-sufficient 100km course – billed as the world’s toughest Arctic race – over remote Arctic Greenland.
His team for the event included Natalie Taylor, a British Army doctor, and Scott Webster, a professional mountain guide.
On day one, Jamie’s team finished the leg in seven hours and three minutes. The competitors could not race on days two and three due to the storms. On day four, Jamie’s team finished first in six hours. On the last day, again Jamie’s team came in first place with a time of nine hours and 19 minutes, which was four hours and one minute ahead of the next placed team.
Jamie’s team won the race as the only one to complete the course within the allotted time.
To train for the event, which required all of Jamie’s food and equipment being dragged behind him in a pulk, he spent many days in the Northumberland National Park dragging an old tractor tyre behind him, in addition to trips to Norway and Scotland.