Devoted father takes on world’s first 379 mile marathon across a frozen Siberian lake


A Newcastle father of a little girl suffering from a rare condition is taking part in the world’s first 379 mile marathon along the world’s oldest and deepest lake located in Siberia to raise money for The Children’s Foundation’s Great North Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Most people would be daunted at the prospect of competing in such a colossal marathon at temperatures as low as -40, but Territorial Army lance corporal Dave Gullane, 28, has already served on the frontline in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and is taking it in his stride. The 379 mile race needs to be completed on foot in 14 days or better and Dave is putting himself through a punishing training schedule to make sure he gets the best out of himself.

The devoted father of two who lives in North Shields said: “During two tours in Helmand Province I served alongside some of the most fearsome professional soldiers in the world but when it comes to real bravery no-one has surpassed the courage of my six-year-old daughter Emily. She has cheerfully endured over 100 surgical procedures, spending over 500 hours under anaesthetic as a result of being born with Cloacal Anomaly, an extremely rare and complex condition.”

Emily’s bowel, bladder and kidneys did not form properly and she has already had to have one of her kidneys removed as a result. The condition is so rare that doctors only see one case every five years in the North East and Emily’s condition is the worst they’ve witnessed.

Dave has already raised a substantial figure but is aiming for £5,000 to The Children’s Foundation’s Great North Children’s Hospital Appeal plus costs toward his trip, donations can be made at: