09:12AM, Thursday 24 January 2013
Adventurous friends who met at a swimming club for expectant mums are about to take part in an Arctic skiing marathon.
Claire Chandler, 39, and her pal Victoria Southgate, 45, joined the swimming club at Windsor Leisure Centre while both were expecting their first children.
Claire, of Nightingale Walk, Windsor, said: "Seeing each other in a swimsuit when you are pregnant brings people together.
"Victoria is the adventurous one and she wanted to do something to celebrate my forthcoming 40th birthday. At first we were going to Thailand to do yoga."
Instead the two have signed up to take part in an Arctic skiing marathon starting February 28, aiming to raise £2,000 each for the Walk the Walk breast cancer charity.
The marathon takes place over two days in Abisko National Park, the most northern part of Sweden in the sub-Arctic where temperatures could drop as low as -40c.
Claire, who lives with her husband Mark and children Ben, seven, and Emily, five, said: "There will be 14 of us sleeping in a hut with no hot water and an outside toilet before we set off on on our skis.
"Victoria is a good skier but you could definitely count me as a non-skier until now."
Victoria lives with her partner in Canterbury Mews, Windsor, and is mother to Natasha, seven, and Lucy, five.
Visit www.walkthewalkfundraising.org/arctic_bubbles to donate or www.arcticbubbles.com to follow their progress.
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