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Businessman Raises Money After Ice Marathon

Thursday June 13 2013


Simon Biltcliffe Simon Biltcliffe


A BARNSLEY-BORN businessman has done something a little different in his fundraising efforts - and completed a Siberian ice marathon.

Simon Biltcliffe, who grew up in Haigh, tackled the frozen surface of the world's deepest lake in the Baikal International Ice Marathon.

Simon, who founded print business Webmart which has an office in Barugh Green, was one of around 150 runners who took part.

They battled through subzero temperatures for 26 miles, with some having already travelled 4,000 miles to compete.

Experts plotted the safest course across the lake to avoid possible cracks by studying satellite photos of the vast lake - the largest freshwater lake in the world.

Now in its ninth year, the event attracts entrants from around the globe.

The air is so clear and the ice surface so flat that they could make out the distant finish line as soon as they set out.

Simon raised over £3,000 in the marathon for the Samaritans.

He said: "I chose the charity because my mother worked for the Samaritans in Barnsley." He and his mum will hand over a cheque in Barnsley on July 10.

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