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Veteran takes on world’s coldest, toughest ultra-race to help fellow wounded veterans

Veteran takes on world’s coldest, toughest ultra-race to help fellow wounded veterans


12 Feb, 2018

Ex-serviceman Gavin Clark is taking on the gruelling Yukon Artic ultra-challenge to help raise money for military charity Blesma, the Limbless Veterans.

Gavin, 42, from Gosport, Hampshire, has decided to take on the 100-mile race in temperatures that drop below -50ºC with New Zealander Richard Charles. Gavin and Richard will also battle through snow, ice and wilderness while pulling a sledge carrying kit such as a tent, food, cooking gear and clothing. Many competitors do not even finish the race because of the weather conditions.

Gavin was discharged from the Royal Navy six years ago due to multiple traumatic injuries. He suffers from non-freezing cold injury to both feet and lack of sensation to his right hand with an amputation of two fingers (one sewn back on), which means he has to be extra careful of frostbite in the expected very low temperatures.

If you would like to support Gavin and Blesma please visit or text GAVC55 and your chosen amount to 70070. To find out more about the work of Blesma, visit


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