A senior Aberdeen police officer who is embarking on a gruelling journey across the Arctic today said she is doing it to show “there is life after cancer”.
Chief Superintendent Sharon Milton will travel to the Abisko National Park in Sweden for a 26.2-mile Arctic marathon of cross country skiing.
Sharon, 46, from Mintlaw, who was successfully treated for breast cancer in 2016 and 2017, has so far raised more than £15,000 for Walk the Walk, the UK’s biggest grant-making breast cancer charity.
The challenge takes place over five days, from Friday until Wednesday, February 28, and will see Sharon carrying her own survival kit in temperatures as low as -30C (-22F), with additional wind chill and snow blizzards.
Sharon said: “I hope this demonstrates to people that there is life after cancer because after I was diagnosed I felt bleak.
“It seemed important to set myself some long-term goals before I started treatment.
“The Arctic marathon seemed an ideal challenge.
“My friend Lisa Cox will be my teammate during the marathon.
“She and I were discussing the challenge while I was waiting for my diagnosis and I decided I wanted to take part.
“I have been waiting for the last two years to take part in the challenge.
“After I had gone through my treatment, I wanted to focus more on building my strength and recovering from cancer.
“In preparation for the marathon, for the last six months I have been working on my core strength by rowing when I can or when the weather allows me.
“I’m getting more excited as the day gets closer and I’m genuinely thankful to my friends, family and colleagues who have supported me.”
Anyone wishing to donate to Sharon’s challenge can do so here.