Day 52: ‘Twas the night before Christmas…

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Win tickets for you and a guest to the Race to the Pole Welcome Home Reception at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace on the 16th of February 2012! All you have to do is make a donation via the page to enter our prize draw. There are two tickets (plus a guest each) up for grabs – the winners will be announced on January 20th 2012.



Distance to the Pole (straight line): 201 nmi
Total distance travelled: 496.9 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

It’s Christmas Eve in the Antarctic and to celebrate it, another day of walking for Team Amundsen! Lucky chaps. Christmas spirits are high as the guys treat themselves (and Team Amundsen fans) to an early present – 14.7 nautical miles! It’s an improvement on their average since coming onto the polar plateau, and puts them on track to cross the 87th degree in five days.

Lou treats us to some additional insights into their Antarctic day-to-day life, plus a sneak preview of tomorrow’s festivities. Unfortunately, there’s no rest for the not-so-wicked – Henry and Lou will be celebrating Christmas on the go.

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 302 nmi
Total distance travelled: 468.9 nmi


A tired-sounding Kev Johnson gives us a quick recap of the last few days for Team Scott, and what an ordeal it has been. Old Man Beardmore is a tough nut to crack, with the weather making things even more precarious for the three-man team. Knowing that they’re moving through crevasse territory with chasms all around, they are once again forced to set up camp because of poor visibility.

The glacier has claimed another pulk, this time it’s Kevs, and many a set of crampons now lies destitute, laid waste to by the Old Man’s stubborn, icy ways. Morale may have taken a hit these past few days, but it has been replaced by grit and determination, clearly to be heard in Kev’s stoic tones. We have no doubt that they will stay strong and win through.

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We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, it’s the turn if Mark’s father Ken and his wife Jude:

Hi Mark,

We are sitting here on the Costa Blanca thinking of you in the Big White of Antarctica as you steadily make your way into history. I am not surprised that you should choose such an amazingly difficult challenge as to literally follow in Scott`s footsteps. I recognised your rugged determination when you were a small boy at St Lukes (now Sandcross) Junior School in Reigate. To say that we are proud of you is an understatement. You are an inspiration to many.

You will try to finish first I know, but first just try to finish.

With all our love and admiration

Dad and Judy xxx

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


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


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 page. Enter the name of your school when donating, and email Andy the webmaster 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.



  1. Sally Carvalho on December 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm said:

    Hi Vic,
    Merry Christmas to you all. Have enjoyed listening to the team’s daily reports. Keep up the fantastic progress….. still envious!!



  2. Clive E on December 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm said:

    Awesome going so far Fellas.
    I haven’t missed a day’s report. Been following so avidly that Alison has bought me Ranulph Fienne’s book on Captain Scott for Xmas. It’s far better than that Ladybird book I spied on your office desk Kev!!!
    Good luck for the rest of the trip…It’s all downhill now!
    Clive E.

  3. andy chapple on December 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm said:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all exped members from everyone in Horse Guards. I feel duty bound to have a mince pie and a glass sherry on each of your behalves (and will blame the waistline on you thereafter). Yo ho ho!!!

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