MAD for IDITAROD
If you can dream it, you can do it!
Racing dogs along the Iditarod Trail, first entered my dreams 10 years ago, when I got my first pet dog; a Siberian Husky. As that dream gained momentum it turned my life upside down! From my first sled driving adventure in American, moving away from my family and friends, giving up Medical School and the Army, camping under the Northern lights and racing long distance in a foreign Country, all to follow my dogs in answering; ‘’The Call of the Wild!’’
The more I learned the more my sled dog dream took hold. A dream to build and train my own team of dogs and devote my life to racing them along the Iditarod Trail.
To go from an English housing estate to The Last Frontier was going to require a lot of preparation, effort and sacrifice. Selling everything, I packed up my dogs and set off for Norway in search of intense arctic winter learning situations, where my dogs and I could gain loads of experience. Overwintered in a mountain wilderness camp our first year, with no electric, water or plumbing, hours from the road, transporting tons of dog food and wood by dogsled, provided the foundations of Arctic survival and self sufficency, that in the following years brought success at finishing 5x 100-200km races, finishing Finnmark 500, the longest 8-dog race in the world as the fastest UK rookie and finishing the Femund 400 and Femund 600 races, both as the first British Musher, ranking as the 2013 UK number 1 in 8-dog class and the 2014 & 2016 UK number 1 in elite class.
The dog team has developed hugely in results, bloodlines, ability, confidence and athleticism over that time and the team currently consists of 24 incredible canine athletes with a bunch of amazing puppies in the pipeline. Following surgery on both my legs in May 2014, after 15 years of undiagnosed compartment syndrome, my own fitness became much higher than ever before, even verses when I was rowing for Oxford City or in the Army, so I am very excited and confident about my future as an athlete as well as the dogs. This health change has liberated my ability to enjoy; not just endure, the extreme physical endurance required of long distance training and racing, enabling me to make the decision: The team and I would love to race down the Iditarod Trail!
Iditarod qualifying races have already been completed with a very strong team. We still have much to practice, train and improve on over the next couple of years before we head for Alaska. The planning, logistics, fund raising and training is immense. There will be many exciting events happening ahead for you to follow as we prepare for Iditarod. Additionally there will be special shop products, sponsor a dog opportunities, summer tours, winter adventures and even the chance to race a MAD team.
Go MAD and get really involved with helping the team get to Alaska.
The team and I would like to thoroughly thank all our supporters in helping and encouraging us to get to this point and welcome you all in joining us in our MAD for IDITAROD bid. We hope to make you proud!
Anyone wishing to help, sponsor, donate, provide gear, market or offer assistance in any way, is most welcomed and hugely appreciated!
You can contact Mel on (+46) 70-358 4454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
sponsor a dog
Can you help the MAD Sled Dogs get to Iditarod? Sponsor your favourite race dog for £100 or one of the cute puppies for £50.
Your name will be added on the dogs profile as their sponsor and in all media sponsor listings. A big 'mushing' hug from all the dogs for your amazing support!