Businessman to take on world’s coldest and toughest ultra-marathon

A Yorkshire-based businessman is set to take on the trail of the world’s toughest Sled Dog Race in a bid to raise awareness and funds for local homelessness charity, Simon on the Streets.

Jonathan Kattenburg of Wakefield has been a financial planner for 20 years and now operates as a life and wealth coach. Helping people to manage their finances, Jonathan is also a clinical hypnotherapist and mindset specialist. His understanding of using the mind to manage finances better led him to emphasise who get themselves into financial difficulty which can result in losing their homes.

A keen advocate in the power of the mind, Jonathan has spent the past [XX] years testing himself through gruelling activities including running a marathon across the Sahara Desert. January 2019 will see him push himself even further by undertaking The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, Canada.

Having met the team at Leeds-based Simon on the Streets, Jonathan was keen to undertake the biggest challenge of his life while giving back to his neighbouring charity.

Jonathan says: “It will take me 8-12 days to complete the arctic ultra-race which consists in walking and pulling a sled in temperatures of up to -50 degrees. Taking on such an enduring challenge really makes you think; your mind goes on a rollercoaster journey, you question a lot as you’re on your own for so long. As I’ve taken part in similar challenges, I’ve thought a lot about those less fortunate. Something has led homeless people to where they are and I’m hoping to help give something back whilst testing my own mental strength.”

Fahad Khan of Simon on the Streets added: “What Jonathan is going to undertake in support of Simon on the Streets is no mean feat and we’re incredibly grateful for his efforts. It costs us approximately £250,000 to run the charity and with an increasing number of homeless people on the streets across West Yorkshire, we rely on the support of people like Jonathan to continue to support these entrenched rough sleepers.”

Jonathan has also supported the charity closer to home by launching a crowd funding campaign to launch a book aiming to empower people to live the life they deserve.

The book, entitled ‘How to build on tectonic plates’ launched on Amazon Saturday 15 December with £1 of all book sales also going to Simon on the Streets.