The Race: Day 18 – The Love that Dare Not Speak its Name

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Distance remaining: 547 nmi
Total distance travelled: 121.9 nmi (18.2%)


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd gives us today’s report from the Amundsen team. The awful conditions of yesterday seem to have abated slightly, allowing the guys to achieve their best distance yet – 11.3 nautical miles. Well done chaps, keep it up!

Lou tells us his opinion of who’s the “old man” of the team (we wonder if Henry would concur), before ending his report with a tale so unsettling it may well give us all nightmares. And no, it has nothing to do with crevasses or mini snow earthquakes. You have been warned.

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Distance to the Pole: 607 nmi (corrected)
Total distance travelled: 142.5 nmi (19%)



Kev Johnson gives us today’s report from the Scott team. It’s another important day for the team as they pass the point where Captain Oates walked into oblivion 100 years ago, sacrificing himself so that Scott, Wilson and Bowers might have a better chance of survival.

Despite the worsening visibility today that forced our chaps to take shelter in their tent, they managed to notch a very respectable 7.3 nautical miles.

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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”

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  1. Phil Rudd on November 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm said:

    Hi Lou

    Things seem to be going great for you guys even night time actives nothing wrong with bum chums for warm. just wondered if you fancied skiing holiday when you get back. keep up the good work. Luv dad

  2. Mike Jelf - Editor of The Infantryman on November 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm said:

    Super to see the video of your arrival at Glacier. Much enjoy following this expedition and I wish you every good fortune on behalf of HQ Infantry. I hope we can publish something once again to tell others about what you have achieved. Best wishes.

    Mike Jelf

  3. Tony and Soo Forward on November 21, 2011 at 10:05 am said:

    Brilliant video. Really brings home what the boys are going through. heard Ken’s chat on Bay Radio – well done Ken. We are with you all every step of the way. Take great care. Soo and Tony

  4. Wendi Langridge on November 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm said:

    Lovely to speak to my boy tonight and amazing video Kirk but they NEED everyone to donate for The Royal British Legion Personnel Recovery Centres as that is what all this is about!

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