AN intrepid adventurer is set to celebrate his 50th birthday with the challenge of a lifetime.
Geoff Major wants to follow in the footsteps of legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who is one of an elite band ever to reach the North Pole.
At 49, Leeds-based businessman Geoff admits he will have his work cut out achieving the fitness required for the expedition across the Arctic Ocean.
But, with a £100,000 charity target to raise, he is determined to get into shape.
Last year, the founder of the BlueDucks consultancy cycled hundreds of miles across Cuba for another charity challenge.
He said: “It was a fantastic experience which has really inspired me to do something much more challenging.
“I decided to try to combine as much fundraising as I could because I’m unlikely to have the time to do anything else on such a big scale.
“I don’t know how to ski let alone also pull a sled of supplies, but I’ll give it my best shot.”
Geoff has already enlisted the services of a personal trainer tasked with getting him superfit in time for the trek in April 2012.
Trips are already being planned to mountainous areas where he can build his stamina in sub-zero temperatures.
Organisers of the event are Charity Challenge, which works with major organisations like Comic Relief.
Simon Albert, Managing Director, said:“It is difficult to explain just how hard this challenge will be for Geoff. The risks include frostbite, polar bears, thin ice and temperatures of between -10C and -35C degrees.”
Yorkshire-based charities to benefit from the expedition will include the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Yorkshire Cancer Research.
More information at www.virginmoneygiving.com/GeoffMajorNational