Daily Archives: November 11, 2011

The Race: Day 9 – Remembrance


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Today’s reports comes to you on this most symbolic of days. On this day each year, November 11th, we remember our fallen members of the armed forces, who gave their lives in service of their country.

It also serves as the best reminder of why six men from the British Army last month embarked on a journey to the South Pole, not just to recreate the spirit of adventure that made the nations of Great Britain and Norway great a century ago, but to raise money for the Royal British Legion, now celebrating its 90th anniversary, and its symbol, the poppy: 

“The Royal British Legion is the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The poppy has become the symbol of Remembrance worn during the weeks leading to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.”

In today’s reports, both our team reflect on the day in their own, idiosyncratic ways. Henry’s report for the Amundsen team is characteristically poignant, while Kev Johnson, speaking on behalf of the Scott team, gives us arguably their most colourful account yet! Standby for a nail-biter: Crevasse falls, pork scratchings and, erm, “man boobs”. Kev finishes off his report with messages for their loved ones and an affirmation of why the Scott team, and the Amundsen team (“hopefully a few miles behind”), are out there braving the ice, wind and snow.


Distance to the Pole: 624 nmi

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Distance to the Pole: 681 nmi

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It seems a fitting day to launch our new feature, Letters from Home, in which we give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, Wendi Langridge shares her thoughts:
“It has been 3 long years of preparation for my husband, my hero, who is finally embarking on his expedition, fulfilling his dreams. I write this as an honorary member of The South Pole Lonely Wives’ Club, due to Mark having already been on a solo expedition to The South Pole in 2008/2009. Mark knows that if it were not for the love and support of everyone at home, he would not be able to achieve this lifetime ambition. Mark has the most amazing willpower I have ever known – if only he could give some to me – and his determination and strength are truly admirable.”

“Since my return from Punta Arenas I have put all of my energy into raising money and gaining support for the lads. I felt such a part of it when they were preparing to leave Chile, it was very hard to leave. It can get lonely at times but our English Bull Terrier, Bullit, keeps me on my toes and he too misses his Daddy, although it is great being able to follow them on the website. On that note I would like to thank the sponsors, family, friends, and all the people out there who we do not know, for their continuing support, and of course thank you for all the donations.”

Wendi Langridge with Bullit the English Bull Terrier

Wendi Langridge with Bullit the English Bull Terrier

If you’re a family member or close friend, and would like to send your message out to all the readers, please do email Andrew Gough (webmaster) at info@scottamundsenrace.org.


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