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Day 46: A Special Message from Kev

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 264 nmi
Total distance travelled: 432.4 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Team Amundsen woke this morning to poor conditions and the coldest temperatures yet (at a scary -42 degrees with the wind), but they were full of anticipation nonetheless at having just one day left on the Axel Heiberg Glacier, one day more of backbreaking work and double hauling.

Henry and Lou also reach their highest altitude at a heady 9,500ft above sea level, the summit of the glacier, before descending 300ft as they come down and onto the polar plateau and the start of the final stage of their race. It’s also a momentous occasion as it’s the first time the guys have been able to plot a direct line due south to the Pole.

We hear about some ski modifications and high spirits – surely only the Amundsens could get excited about gluing material to their skis – and Lou dabbles in a little tailoring. Look out Savile Row.

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 323 nmi
Total distance travelled: 441.1 nmi


Unfortunately, Kev Johnson from the Scott team’s report today was cut off before he could finish. However, he has just enough time to wish his wife Hannah a happy anniversary.

Let’s all join together in wishing them both a happy day, even though they’re so far apart. It’s a reminder to us all of how far the chaps have travelled from their loved ones for such a worthy cause. Don’t worry, SPLWC, not long until they’re back home! You’ll be sick of their smelly socks and liver and onions again in no time.

Vic was able to report good progress of 10.9 nautical miles, and, judging by their location, they’ve a little while yet before they’re off the Beardmore Glacier (see Prezi map below). Temperatures started off comfortably at -10 degrees, good for walking, before dropping to -20.

We hope to have a quick recap of Day 46 in tomorrow’s report.

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We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, Tracey Ceaton, sister of Mark Langridge, shares her thoughts:

“I stood in the card shop with the festive music blaring out and I saw a card ‘To my Brother at Christmas’.  As I looked at the picture I was transported back to Christmas as a child with my brother Mark, exciting and happy memories of such a magical time. I bought the card and wrote a very personal message to Mark telling him exactly what it means to be his sister.”

“It’s a shame in life that not everyone ‘gets on’ with their siblings, well I am one of the lucky ones who does! I love my brother and I am in absolute awe of what he has and what he will continue to achieve in his life. I have never known anyone with more ‘gritted teeth’ determination than Mark. If you tell him it can’t be done he will prove you wrong!

“Each night I lie in bed and think of him and the other lads and exactly what they are putting themselves through (doesn’t always lead to a restful sleep).  I smile as I recall from the age of about 10 Mark continually saying ‘I am going to go to the South Pole one day’. ‘Yeah yeah’ I said and bet him my 10p pocket money that he wouldn’t. In January 2009 he completed his solo trip to the Pole…….. I gave him the 10p – he kept his word and I kept mine! Keep going Mark your family couldn’t be prouder!”

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.