The Race: Day 16 – Nutcrackers

AMUNDSEN TEAM

Distance remaining: 570 nmi
Total distance travelled: 100 nmi (14.9%)

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In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd is on top form today, providing us with one of the most entertaining reports yet.

Lou never quite fails to throw in something that some people might regard as “too much information”. One pair of pants, Henry? Surely weight restrictions aren’t that tough?! We’ll all be chipping in to buy the South Pole Lonely Wives’ Club (SPLWC) some wooden nose pegs for when our intrepid but smelly chaps return. Anyone fancy a “snow bath”?

Also, Lou’s family should be glad that it never has to buy another nut cracker, ever again. Listen on, readers!

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SCOTT TEAM

Distance to the Pole: 619 nmi
Total distance travelled: 123.6 nmi (16.6%)

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Mark Langridge, leader of the Scott teams, gives us his daily report. We hear about another great day of progress as the guys hit their target of 11.3 nautical miles, equalling their best distance of yesterday. It seems the guys are really up to speed now and making sure but steady progress!

We also hear about surprising events in the tent, involving porridge and prayers.

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LETTERS FROM HOME

We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, Hannah Johnson of the South Pole Lonely Wives’ Club (SPLWC) tells us what went through her mind when Kev was picked for the expedition:

“As I stand here making Flossie Crums Poppy Toffee Cupcakes (thank you Gordon Ramsay) on Armistice Day I feel compelled to write my piece for the South Pole Lonely Wives Club.  If I cast my mind back to 2009, and Mark’s return from his solo expedition to the South Pole, I can vividly remember Kev saying “He’s got something else up his sleeve, and I want to be part of it”.  So when it came to ‘names in a hat’ for the Scott/Amundsen Race expedition I was neither consulted nor, in all honesty, paying much attention when Kev said he had put his name forward to be a contender.”

“I cannot really remember when this happened but it was probably just over a year ago from now and at the time, with two children under two and working full time, it was the last thing on my mind.  The draw took place and Kev’s name was drawn!  He was going to go to Antarctica with one of his most loyal friends, Mark, and others that he knew then really, only by name or face, in October 2011.”

Kev Johnson pictured here with daughters Luka May and Neve Lily

Kev Johnson pictured here with daughters Luka May and Neve Lily

“Ever since then, it has always been, truthfully, on my mind, but not at the forefront – may that be because life is busy and must go on, or because deep down the prospect of being alone and “coping” seemed insurmountable?  I don’t know.  I do know however that the dream/nightmare is now a reality and that my husband is slogging his heart and soul out day after day with two other men, the ice, and the random seal for company.”

“I feel immensely proud, as do all Kev’s family and friends.  Proud that he had the guts to put his name in the hat; proud that they are helping to raise money for the Royal British Legion on it’s 90th Anniversary; and ultimately, proud that when all is said and done, he chose to do this for his family, his daughters.  I salute you Kev Johnson. Hurry home, and get the dinner on xxx”

“May I also add that it is also truly heartfelt that so many people are behind ‘our men’ and supporting them along the route – if you are reading this then, Thank You x”

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.


INTERACTIVE MAP

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  1. Alan Henshall on November 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm said:

    For Col Henry Worsley. Greeting from all the Royal Dragoon Guards her in Yorkshire. Just to let you know I became a Grand Father for the first time on 11/11/2011, how ever I could not convince my daughter to call her Poppy. Keep safe and don’t let the bottles crack in the sleeping bag.

    Regards to all

    Alan

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