Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

Day 29: Presents from Lennie

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We have a very special treat for you all today. As many of you know, Lennie Browne, the third member of the Amundsen team, took the painful decision to leave the race early on due to health worries. In the harsh conditions of the Antarctic, there’s just no messing around with this sort of thing, as history teaches us well.

We would all rather Lennie was still out there, not least of all himself, but we should all be grateful that he was able to bring back some amazing images of the guys in Punta Arenas, Union Glacier and right up to their respective drop-off points. Enjoy!

Here is an extract from a note left by Lennie on our message board, on his return to Punta Arenas. Please do read the rest of Lennie’s text by visiting our message board:

“I would just like to say thank you for the messages of support. It helps dampen the disappointment at having to leave the expedition at such an early stage. As it turned out I had picked up a bug just as we were leaving or just prior to it. Once the pilot had came in and picked me up the frequency of vomiting increased and I could no longer hold down any food at all (even vomiting mid meal on occasions) so with a lot of hindsight and time asking myself was it the right decision – I think it probably was. Your heart and pride tells you to push on but your brain does the maths and thats what you have to run with no matter how hard the decision is plus you don’t want to be a burden to the other team members. As it was I probably experienced the early signs of mild hyperthermia due to the loss of fluid and core temperature.” 


Distance remaining: 416 nmi
Total distance travelled: 254.8 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

A reinvigorated Henry Worsley gives us today’s report from the Amundsen team, and it would seem the rest day that was forced on them yesterday has done some real good! Not ones to let the Scott team have the only record-breaker of the day (see below), Henry and Lou cover a massive 16.4 nautical miles, more than twice the distance covered in their worst day of travel.

Henry reels off a few other interesting statistics as he explains that distances must be increased gradually, and with patience. Slow and steady, chaps, slow and steady.

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Distance to the Pole: 499 nmi
Total distance travelled: 251 nmi 


Kev Johnson delivers today’s report from the Scott team. The relatively warm conditions and bright sun have given all the guys “big red heads”, with Kev mourning his lost body parts. We hope he’s just exercising his talent for the figurative! 

Kev tells us what he imagines goes on in the Amundsen team tent – you should probably keep those thoughts to yourself, Kev. Just you concentrate on applying that Aloe Vera cream (that you pinched from Hannah’s makeup bag).

Despite the uncomfortably warm conditions, it’s a second record-breaking day for Team Scott with a distance of 13.2 nautical miles. Excellent work, chaps, keep it up and get back soon!

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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…..”

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.


Keep track of both teams with our interactive Google Earth map. Zoom in to see each day’s progress, with the position marked by pictures of team leaders Henry Worsley and Mark Langridge. Click on the icon to see that day’s sitrep in full.

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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 JustGiving.com page. Enter the name of your school when donating, and email Andy the webmaster atinfo@scottamundsenrace.org 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.