The Race: Day 19 – Onward to 90S


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AMUNDSEN TEAM

Distance remaining: 535 nmi
Total distance travelled: 121.9 nmi (18.2%)

 

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In Association with the Royal British Legion

Henry Worsley on a “very satisfying” Day 19, as the guys manage to break all previous distance records. With an excellent distance of 12.1 nautical miles, Henry and Lou should certainly be proud of themselves!

Henry marvels at the excellent sledging conditions, that helped Team Amundsen to power past the 81st degree mark. Well done Henry and Lou, onwards to 90S!

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SCOTT TEAM

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

 

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Kev Johnson fills in for Mark Langridge today, who’s busy giving an interview to BFBS Radio, raising awareness of the race and it’s efforts to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

The white out conditions of yesterday continued this morning, forcing the guys to remain tent-bound until midday NZ time. Despite the late start and harsh ground conditions, they managed a very respectable 8.3 nautical miles. 

Kev wraps up his report by commenting on Vic’s less than youthful appearance. Charming!

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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.


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