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Goal:  To notch up about 2000 miles in one season with my sled-dogs, through training and racing.

Location:  The northernmost county in Norway - Finnmark - way north of the Arctic Circle.

Participants:  One mad Brit and my team of Alaskan huskies.

Timespan:  June 2010 until mid-April 2011.

Chosen charity:  The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 40,000 patients a year.  And with me hailing from the Manchester area, it's a natural choice to support The Christie.

Training:  I train the dogs all year round.  During the snowless months, the dogs are hitched in front of a 300kg quad-bike, and away we go!  The engine is rarely used, so I help by running alongside and pushing the bike.  With the security of the quad-bike, I can train the whole team at once - all 11 dogs.  In the winter months, I switch to a sled and train as many dogs as the conditions allow.  We're out in all sorts of weather - from the still summer nights under the midnight sun, to snowdrifts, near-gales and white-out.  Driving a team of sled dogs is all about trust.  My trust in my dogs, but equally, their trust in me.

Racing:  The race season on snow runs from December until mid-April.  Without ever leaving the county of Finnmark, I can take part in up to 5 races.  My main goal is the 300-mile Finnmark race in March.  This is a race that I've started and completed twice, being the first (and only?) British woman to do so.  The 300-mile race takes about 2.5 days, and it's not just a case of standing on the back of the sled, watching the scenery!  My dogs and I are together as one team.  I help the dogs as much as possible with the movement of the sled, and I organize their rest and eating to allow for maximum use of their fantastic energy resources.  If I'm lucky, I'll manage a few hours' sleep in the course of the whole race.  The dogs sleep more than I do!  Update April:  Five races begun and completed this season - nearly 600 miles of racing in addition to all the training!  My third Finnmark race was completed in great weather, and I raced my first Pasvik Trail on a tough trail for the dogs.  In the words of one race winner, all that reach the finish line are winners!

How to donate:  Please help The Christie with a one-off donation.  Even better, give a donation based on the number of miles I have covered with the dogs. Mushers don't like sharing how many miles they've covered in training, but I had about 1200 miles in training, in addition to the 600 miles raced.  Remember to tick the Gift Aid box if you are a UK taxpayer. 

Further information:  Please also visit my website:  Corporate sponsors are especially welcome.  Sled-dog mushing is an fast-growing sport, and it would be great to get some support with the cost of feed and equipment.  The more we can train, the better the race results will be.  At the end of the day, this will mean more donations to The Christie Charity.  There's logic in my thinking.  Meanwhile, thanks to The Christie Charity for a great press release!

Raising money for

The Christie

The Christie

Charity Registration No. 1049751

The Christie Charity raises funds to help provide additional services and undertake vital research for our cancer patients. As one of Europe’s leading cancer centres, treating more than 40,000 patients a year every penny really does count.

Donations 21


Very late, but a great reminder seeing you yesterday!

Donation by Helen Holt on 11/04/11


+ £5.00 Gift Aid


You're in our prayers for this weekend. Mush!

Donation by Peter Demain on 07/03/11


+ £14.10 Gift Aid


10% of monies given direct to Prospect kennel.

Donation by Prospect Huskies on 22/02/11



Sorry to spoil the evenness Doreen! ;-)

Donation by Susan Crofts on 19/01/11


+ £1.41 Gift Aid


Just to even up the present total. Boxing Day has been a good day so far!

Donation by Doreen Clegg on 26/12/10



From another OBO follower in Melbourne. If Hussey's wicket was worth 2 quid, all of the rest is surely 5!

Donation by Jon Sowerby on 26/12/10



One for the Guardian OBO followers. good luck!

Donation by Jonathan Readings on 26/12/10


Good luck

Donation by Helen Oldfield on 26/12/10


+ £2.82 Gift Aid


Another one for the Guardian OBO! It would be nice to know a bit more about the charity though. Good Luck!

Donation by Tony Price on 26/12/10


+ £1.41 Gift Aid


Goo luck Melanie, from another OBOer.

Donation by Tim Wiseman on 26/12/10


+ £1.41 Gift Aid


Good Luck from an Aussie OBO follower - try explaining that to those in Norway.

Donation by Sam in Melbourne on 26/12/10



Good luck from a fellow obo follower

Donation by Anonymous on 26/12/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid


Hussey getting out is worth £2 of anyone's money. Good luck.

Donation by Mabon John on 26/12/10



You educate the Norwegians and I'll educate the Swedes! We'll get them playing test matches against each other in no time.

Donation by Jonathan Salisbury on 26/12/10



For Cricket Karma...

Donation by DAN MUSSON on 26/12/10


+ £1.41 Gift Aid


Sounds fantastic, good luck!

Donation by Kais Alayej (OBO) on 26/12/10



In the spirit of Christmas and The Guardian's O-B-O here's a festive donation (£2 minimum so even better than your requested 60p!!) Mush Mush!

Donation by Annemarie Elsom on 26/12/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid


Good luck, good on you, and stick with explaining cricket to the Norwegians!

Donation by Sarah Cox (OBO) on 26/12/10


+ £1.41 Gift Aid


From Shewee!

Donation by Joanna Thomas on 02/11/10



10% of monies given direct to Prospect kennel.

Donation by Prospect Huskies on 29/10/10



Just to start you off and I hate to see a lot of noughts

Donation by Doreen Clegg on 22/06/10


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£195.00
  • Offline donations£223.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£418.00
  • Gift Aid£31.51

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