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Leeds adventurer's trek target

Intrepid Leeds adventurer Ben Thackwray has a hit list of resolutions for 2010.

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The 29-year-old is determined to complete his unfinished missions from 2009 after being forced to abort his Greenland crossing due to a frostbitten thumb.

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He has reorganised the adventure for this April as well as planning to complete the Three Peaks Challenge in under 20 hours.

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The year will begin with an ultra marathon this month and a 24-hour treadmill challenge in February

Then he will head to Greenland to complete a 370-mile coast-to-coast journey.

Ben and friend Ian Couch, 40, had to abandon their mission just 50km into the journey last April after frostbite riddled his hand – a condition which can lead to amputation.

They had hoped to complete the crossing in 12 days or less in a bid to break records.

Ben, of Yeadon, said: "My thumb looks normal now but I can't feel it. We got caught in some really bad conditions last time and I was let down by a piece of kit. But hopefully we will nail Greenland this time. We are pretty much good to go – I can't wait to get that done."

This month's ultra marathon comprises of a 45-mile trek each way from Northampton to Tring.

"It's part of the training for Greenland. I still enjoy the running but I use it as training for expeditions just to get the conditions and getting used to being tired," said Ben.

Another mission this year will be to finish the Three Peaks in under 20 hours.

It will be the fourth time Ben has entered the event but so far he has fallen just short of his target time due to injury and weather conditions.

"2009 has been a difficult year for me but I am raring to go now."

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