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Thursday 23 October 2014

Two set for trek to the North Pole

Published 25/03/2014 | 05:24

Two Carlow solicitors are getting set for the journey of a lifetime next month as they take part in the coldest marathon on Earth to raise funds for the St Patrick's Mental Health Foundation 'Walk In My Shoes' campaign.

William and Victor Clarke of Clarke, Jeffers & Co Solicitors in Carlow will travel to the North Pole and run on top of the world to raise money and awareness for this great cause. 'Walk In My Shoes' provides support for vulnerable young adults in Ireland who are struggling with mental health difficulties.

William and Victor join a field of 50 extreme adventure athletes from all over the globe as they push their limits to finish the gruelling 'UVU North Pole Marathon'. The weather conditions of -45c and deep snow combined with the risk of potential frostbite ensure that this is not a task for the faint hearted.

'We are really looking forward to the North Pole Challenge,' said Victor. 'We have been training for this race for the last year and have undergone numerous fitness regimes in order to prepare ourselves for the extreme conditions that lie ahead. It will definitely be different from running in Carlow!'

William explained that 'Walk In My Shoes' is a cause that is close to their hearts and they are delighted to be able to raise money and awareness. '

Through our work connected with Internet law, we have spoken to numerous people who have been affected by Cyberbullying,' he said. 'This includes both the direct victims of cyberbullying, and the associated people, like parents, partners or close friends. It can cause multiple problems, not least mental health issues. Very early in our work we came across the 'Walk in My Shoes' campaign. The work which they are doing for young adults with mental health issues is fantastic. They deserve more support to keep this wonderful work going'.

The pair are looking forward to taking on this mammoth task and flying the flag for Carlow at the North Pole!

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