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Day 47: Reflections

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 252 nmi
Total distance travelled: 444.6 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Henry Worsley dedicates his report for Day 47 to the British Army, in particular the Army Central Fund, the Army Sports Control Board and the trustees Berlin Infantry Brigade Trust Fund. There’s a final thank you to Mike Morgan and Andy Chapple. Do listen to Henry’s report for all his thanks in full. 

It’s Henry and Lou’s first day on the polar plateau, and it’s “generally been successful” – with Henry’s talent for understatement, it’s pretty hard to know what this means! The high altitude, around 9,000ft above sea level, is taking its toll – though we hope they’ll acclimatise soon. We also hear about the effect of the weather and the surface. Still, at 12.2 nautical miles, it’s a great day of progress. 

Dog lovers should be warned, a tale from Amundsen’s diary illustrates the harsh realities of journeying to the South Pole.

Henry Worsley fans should also take note – Peter Otway has brought to our attention that Henry may be the first person ever to ascend both the Axel Heiberg and the Beardmore glaciers. We’ve yet to hear expert opinion on this, but if indeed it is true, it’s an incredible achievement!

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 313 nmi
Total distance travelled: 453.8 nmi


It’s an “unintentional lie-in” for the Scott team today, all of 10 minutes. We don’t know how they can live with themselves, the lazy bunch. Old Man Beardmore continues to play his tricks on the guys, though the end is in sight, we’re glad to hear, and at 12.7 nautical miles it’s not a bad day’s march!

Some creative use of dental floss sorts out the problem of their loose crampons. Though what their floss must be made out of is anyone’s guess – Army-issue kevlar dental tape, perhaps? We’re almost surprised to hear that they use it for their teeth!

Vic wishes his mother a Happy 80th Birthday – many happy returns also from all the readers! And a speedy recovery and get well soon to Vic’s father, just out of hospital.

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Part 1: ‘Shanks’ Pony vs. Shaggy Dogs’

A series of reflections on Antarctic travels past and present, by Peter Otway. In the early 1960s, Peter surveyed much of the areas through which our teams are now passing. In this, Part 1, Peter compares the use of dogs with manhauling.

“As I have followed Teams Scott and Amundsen on their long slog across the featureless Ross Ice Shelf and now, heaving their way up two very different but equally treacherous glaciers leading to the South Pole, it has taken me back half a century to the days I was in a team exploring and mapping much of the same terrain as part of the New Zealand geological and survey mapping programme with Brit Wally Herbert as our experienced and inspirational leader. Perhaps more than most, I have felt their highs and lows as they battle every obstacle and hardship the Antarctic can throw in their path, and their dogged determination to achieve their goal whatever the odds.”

Click here to read Part 1 of Peter Otway’s Reflections in full


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.