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Runner attempting arctic marathon
Kate Charles training in the North Pole
Kate Charles is embarking on her toughest challenge yet
The North Pole marathon is the latest challenge being attempted by a Sussex woman in aid of a Kent charity.

Kate Charles, a 33-year-old finance officer from Brighton, has already completed marathons on all of the world's seven continents.

She has been making final preparations for her eighth marathon, known as the Grand Slam, in Spitzbergen, Norway.

Before leaving the UK Ms Charles trained in a giant freezer at -10C to acclimatise her body to the conditions.

She completed her first marathon in Kenya in June 2002, and has since run in Chile, Norway, the US, Australia, Thailand and Antarctica.

Ms Charles is running the marathon in aid of Demelza House, a residential children's hospice based near Sittingbourne, in Kent.

Her preparation has also included running in the ice and snow of Switzerland, and training with the army.

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