A GOLFER swapped the fairway for the Arctic Circle when he took on a husky trail.
Matt Nixon from Stratford put down his clubs and picked up the reins to race 250km across Norway and Sweden in memory of his late grandad, who passed away 18 months ago.
The 41-year-old experienced temperatures of minus 24 degrees in the extreme challenge which raised £850 for the Institute of Cancer Research.
The operations director for Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs wanted to raise money towards researching the disease after his grandad was diagnosed with skin cancer, something which he was successfully treated for.
Matt told the Observer: “It was a huge challenge, sledding for six or seven hours a day and then needing to set up camp each evening and sort out our team of dogs. I was keen to get as remote as possible and experience everything that could be involved.
“There was a group of 13 of us, I hadn’t met any of them before but we all bonded very quickly. My teammates were from all walks of life, from an ex-military man, a chief executive and one woman who is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia. We all became great friends, everyone was very supportive and I got so much inspiration from the determination and mental power of the rest of my team.
“The husky trail was an incredible experience and there was no better way to honour my grandfather than doing something extraordinary to raise money for cancer research.”
Matt’s trail saw him travel up mountains, through ice valleys, forests and over frozen lakes and rivers before reaching an ice hotel in Sweden.
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