Professor takes on Frozen Continent Half Marathon

A highly experienced consultant and neurologist will be taking on a formidable challenge when he attempts the Frozen Continent Half Marathon later this month.

Professor Mike Barnes, Clinical Director at Christchurch Group, will take on the mammoth challenge at 80 Degrees South, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains. His aim is to raise £20,000 for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) charity, which campaigns for better services for people with an acquired brain injury.

The half marathon, which is run at an altitude of 700 metres, takes place in the interior of the Antarctic and sees competitors running on snow and ice throughout, with an average wind chill temperature of -20C.

Professor Barnes said: “Having worked in the field of neurology and rehabilitation for a number of years I know how important it is for people with an acquired brain injury to have early access to good quality, specialist rehabilitation.

“The UKABIF charity offers support to people with a brain injury and their carers and also ensures people who work in the field have access to networks and educational resources. I have no doubt that the event will be tough but I hope the money I raise will help to make a difference to the charity and the people it supports.”

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