Arctic challenge

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Nichola Lockerbie was preparing for the experience of a lifetime. Unsure, apprehensive yet excited all at the same time, writes Eric Mackinnon.

In the wintry wilds of frozen Norway there was barely a sound - only the crunching of fresh fallen snow underfoot as she walked silently along.

Then in a sudden flash, as she took her place on the back of her transport for the next five days, the howling and barking of her sled dogs filled the air before she set off at breakneck pace to the hiss of the steel sled blades on the snow.

Stornoway lass Nichola Lockerbie recently returned to home Hebridean soil after an epic five-day trek across 230km of Norway to raise funds for the Rangers Charity Foundation.

As part of the Rangers Arctic Challenge Team she joined a handful of brave souls, and ex-Gers favourite Bert Konterman, to zig-zag across mountainous terrain north of the Arctic Circle, frozen lakes, pack ice and snow and temperatures of up to -30°C in what was a true test of endurance.

Nichola raised a mammoth near £6,000 for charity through her remarkable challenge which she credits as being the best of her life and one she was desperate to repeat.

“It was amazing and to be honest I struggle to find the words to describe it,” she recalled with a smile.

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