A FORMER Mirfield man is tackling a gruelling polar trek to raise money for the hospital which saved his son.
Johnathan Clayton, 34, is taking part in the Sony Polar Challenge 2006 with his friends Alex Tate and Stephen Goodair, from Horbury - and they're braving the elements dressed as Elvis.
Amazingly, the trio are vying with a team led by a Huddersfield man to win the race.
Johnathan's team, Gosh Its Cold, are neck and neck the ATP team, led by Mike Dann, of Longwood - with latest reports putting Dann's team in the lead on the second leg of the Challenge.
Clayton's trio are competing in the 368-mile Arctic race to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where staff brought Johnathan's son Jude back from the brink of death.
Jude was born on October 10, 2001, and within hours he was so ill that he was ventilated and rushed to Great Ormond Street.
He had an extreme reaction to natural bacteria and developed septicaemia and multi-organ failure.
He was so ill that Johnathan and his Batley-born wife Annabel had him christened and said goodbye.
However, thanks to the hospital's pioneering treatment ward, Jude got life support on a special echo ultrasound machine for two weeks and then had open heart surgery.
Despite all the odds, he survived and is now a happy, healthy four-year-old.
Johnathan, a former pupil of Batley Grammar School, now lives in London and works for an American bank in the City.
He said proceeds from his trek will buy a machine like the one which saved Jude.
He said: "It was a miracle. Miracles do happen there, daily. They are based on hard work, diligence, creativity and unfortunately expensive equipment and resources.
"We are racing to the North Pole dressed as Elvis to ensure this magic can continue."
The team - who have called themselves GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) It's Cold - are now on day 10 of the race.
They are one of 16 teams battling to be the first to walk to the North Pole.
Stephen has been a climber for the past 15 years and Alex has climbed in Greenland, the UK and the Alps.
Johnathan has no previous experience of polar climates, though he is no stranger to unusual challenges.
Most of them reflect his love for Elvis!
He has cycled the Tour d'France dressed as the star, run marathons and rowed for Oxford and Great Britain.
He is a confirmed fan of The King and even gave Jude the middle name Elvis - explaining his team's unusual attire on the Arctic expedition.
He said: "The Elvis wigs are a delight to sleep in!
"I hope to be the first Elvis impersonator to the North Pole."
GOSH It's Cold and the other teams all trained in Resolute, northern Canada, before enduring a four-day walk to the start line of the race at Polaris on Cornwallis Island. They got there on April 15 and have been battling across snow and ice in temperatures as low as -40°C ever since.
GOSH It's Cold had been in the lead but were overtaken at the first checkpoint and are now in second place to ATP.
Dann's ATP team, which includes Simon Edmundson and Tim Tottenham, both 26, are raising money for the Laura Crane Trust.
Johnathan said it was thoughts of his family which were keeping him going on the trek and added: "We got our mail and we all had a cry. The messages are a huge thing for us."
His mum and dad, Chris and Malcolm Hall, are rooting for GOSH It's Cold from their home in South Crosland. Dr Hall said: "They are in second place right now but it's all changeable. It's a big challenge but he's doing it for the hospital because what they did was more than a miracle."
Go to the team's website, www.elvispolarchallenge.co.uk