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Pole star

Collegiate’s Mark Bates is set to take part in the 2007 Polar Challenge to the magnetic North Pole.

The race takes place in April 2007, when Mark and the other competitors will ski 320 miles to the pole pulling their own supplies and handling temperatures between -25 and -45 degrees.

Mark aims to raise 10,000 for Cancer Research and will be organising other events, including a fantasy football competition and a white-collar boxing match, to help achieve his goal.

Donations can be made via www.collegiate.co.uk.

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