TWO cousins will be braving the icy winds of Norway to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.
Wayne Middleton and Kirk Boyle will be taking part in a marathon, in sub-zero temperatures, to raise money for the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society.
The Solihull pair are no strangers to tough conditions - Wayne is in the Royal Navy and Kirk is in the Royal Navy Reserves.
Between them, they have served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia and both Gulf Wars.
But they’ll still need all their grit to complete their latest challenge - a tough run through the depths of the Arctic Circle.
They hope their adventure will raise lots of money for the charity, which helps war veterans come to terms with the trauma they have endured during their service.
Wayne, who went to St Peter’s School, said: “Most veterans will wait many years before seeking help and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced psychological casualties as well as those physically injured.
“Unlike many charities, Combat Stress’s achievements are not readily visible, as their successes lie in the absence of veterans suffering family and mental breakdown, the absence of those becoming homeless or ending up in prison and the absence of those taking their own lives – sadly, all too common.”
The marathon is still a few months away - the pair will fly out in June. But before the event itself, the cousins will tackle the Plymouth Half-Marathon.
If you’d like to sponsor them then go to www.justgiving.com/arcticmarathon .