Day 23: The Wombles of Antarctica

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A Special Message to all Schools

The three schools that raise the most funds for the Scott-Amundsen Race and the Royal British Legion will be rewarded with a visit from the Scott team! Mark, Vic and Kev will give a full presentation during their visit, with slides, videos, images, in short, the full works.

Schools wishing to donate should do so via the page. Enter the name of your school when donating, and email Andy the webmaster at to make sure we register your donation.

We’d also like to invite all the schools that are following the progress to contact the webmaster, so that you can be mentioned on a new “Scott-Amundsen Schools” page. Please include a very short text on your school and any SACR-related activities, especially fundraising efforts! We’ll list your school plus a link to your website.


Distance remaining: 487 nmi
Total distance travelled: 183.4 nmi (27.7%)



In Association with the Royal British Legion

The Amundsen team’s report comes from Henry Worsley. The white darkness that has so afflicted Henry and Lou these past few days has thankfully abated, only to reveal endless, featureless snow, stretching off into the horizon in every direction. With around 70 nautical miles until the first mountain peak, according to Amundsen’s diary of events 100 years ago, the guys have roughly another 6 days until they sight land. 

Henry mentions the advantage the Scott team has in this regard, that of always having sight of a mountain range, either behind or in front of them. However, he is of course unaware of the terrible conditions and poor visibility that the Scott team has had to endure for the past four days.

Despite a steep climb of around 150ft to their highest altitude yet (347ft), our chaps managed to equal their personal best of 12.4 nautical miles.

Henry ends his report with his views on Lou’s imagination, and a harrowing account of an hour spent with the Wombles of Antarctica. Something tells us this isn’t the last of Lou’s strange imaginings.

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Distance to the Pole: 570 nmi
Total distance travelled: 178.9 nmi (23.9%)


Kev Johnson gives us today’s report from the Scott team. We hear about another day of poor conditions, with visibility making tricky work of the navigation (don’t be too hard on yourself, Vic!).

We get further insights into their navigation techniques, before Kev wraps things up with another message of thanks to his mother-in-law Hilary for her excellent fundraising efforts. The Cantilupe Masonic Lodge also gets a thank you for its donation to the Royal British Legion. 

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We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, Joanna Worsley of the South Pole Lonely Wives’ Club (SPLWC) shares her thoughts:

“The Scott-Amundsen Race is Henry’s second, and surely not his last, expedition to the South Pole.  The first, three years ago, took five years to plan with a great many people helping in all aspects of the fundraising, training, planning and publicity.  This one seems to have taken a brief few months which is an extraordinary achievement.”

“I remember clearly the day Mark came to our house in Hereford only a year ago.  As he laid out a very white map in our conservatory, I knew straight away, and accepted, that the challenge and thrill of a second expedition would be too enticing for Henry to decline.  Henry, however, being a great deal less certain of what our reactions might be, spent a week tiptoeing around our children – Max and Alicia – and me, reassuring us that he had only assumed the role of an ‘advisor’! But the truth will out, and after Max’s prompting that his father was a wimp for not participating in the race, it was only a day until Henry’s role turned from that of ‘advisor’ to leading the Amundsen team!”

Joanna Worsley with son and daughter Max and Alicia

“I’ve always been positive about this expedition, particularly as Amundsen’s route through the mountains seems to have no cravasses which might otherwise have caused some anxiety as there are only two of them.”

“I’m thrilled when people follow their dreams and even more thrilled when they achieve them.  There is a wonderful quote by Henry David Thoreau in the mid 19th Century ‘go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined’.  I have no desire at all to visit the South (or North) Pole myself and am more than happy leaving that to Henry.  It is Asia that recharges my soul and fills my life more and more as the children turn into independent young adults, and so I head to India in the New Year…..”

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  1. I bow to you guys who venture to the arctics. This is one place that I don’t think I’ll be going. Not that I hate the ice but I think i don’t have the guts to brave the cold winds of the arctics.

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