Julien Cazorla, was one of just 56 to complete the coveted 26.2 mile race across the Union Glacier just before Christmas to raise money for the end of life care charity.
A festive and snowy treat for the avid marathon and ultramarathon runner, Julien, 43, came second in the race, missing out on winning by just under two minutes. The race, which took place in 24 hour sunlight, gave him the opportunity to fundraise for charity, something he has always been passionate about.
Julien, who lives in Bayswater, London, said: “The experience was unbelievable, the run itself was tough and strenuous but just being in the middle of Antarctica was fantastic.
“I never thought I would ever do something like that in my life and I am so grateful I had the opportunity. It is the best early Christmas present I could ever get!”
Julien chose to raise money to support people needing expert end of life care as part of the partnership between his employer Deutsche Bank and Hospice UK. The partnership has raised over £2 million of vital funds for the charity, and will be used to support thousands of people across the country.
Hospice UK’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, Sarah West said: “We are so grateful to Julien for his support with this ambitious achievement.
“The pandemic has really highlighted the crucial role hospices play for people at the end of life, and their families. Hospice UK continues to support hospices across the country, alongside the NHS, to make sure people get the care they need, now and into the future.
It is amazing to see the lengths people like Julien will go to help us ensure thousands of people across the country receive vital palliative and end of life care.”
To sponsor Julien for his intrepid adventure and help raise more money for the hospice care sector, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jc-icemarathon