Day 76: The Scott Team Arrives on the Centenary!

Jump to:
Reflections | Letters from Home | South Pole Interactive Map


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): 0 nmi
Total distance travelled: 782 nmi



In Association with the Royal British Legion

The Scott has arrived at the South Pole, triumphant in its race against time! Mother Nature smiled upon our three heroes, who join our other two brave chaps, Henry and Lou, at 90 degrees south on this most poignant of days – the Scott Centenary.

Here’s Vic Vicary to tell you all about it. Expect more from the guys tomorrow…

Can’t see the audio player? Download the audio as an MP3
(Click to open directly or right-click and choose “save target or “save link as”)


Here’s a short message from race patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge, that goes to both teams. We shall be posting a longer message tomorrow:

“As a serving Officer, it makes me so proud that, with the staunch support of The Royal British Legion, it is British soldiers who have achieved this great feat.  Four out of the five men who went forward as Scott’s final party were Servicemen too.  How proud they would be too of what you have achieved in their memory.”


Please keep pressing the “play” button to advance to the next slide of the map and sitrep presentation.


Henry Worsley sent through an Amundsen team update earlier today, before the Scott team arrived at the South Pole.

Can’t see the audio player? Download the audio as an MP3
(Click to open directly or right-click and choose “save target or “save link as”)



We end our Letters from Home series with a special message from a much-loved member of the Langridge family, not to mention Mark’s other best friend – Bullit the dog!

Dear Daddy,

I cannot tell you how much I have missed you, taking me for walks and playing with my tugger. You will be pleased to hear, I am sure, that I got a plastic squeaky turkey in my Christmas stocking, although, as you will have guessed, the squeak went in about 15.6 seconds followed by the head and legs!

I have especially missed you over the festive period when you sing “The Christmas Songs” to me after a couple of real ales. Again, the house looked like Santa’s grotto as it does every year and Mama kept telling me off for pinching the baubles off the tree, she resorted to dressing me up, as you can see!

I have though been a VERY good boy and although I may be rather rotund (Uncle Kev) I am in no way obese, at least that’s what Murphy tells me!

I was glad to hear your voice when you called home and that you could hear my wiggle waggle tail. Not long now until you are home so in the meantime stay warm and think of me under “Mr Blanky”!

Your faithful dog,


Letters from Home has now come to an end, but you can still leave your messages of support by visiting our Message Board.


Part 3 – The Conclusion

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 3, Peter concludes his series of reflections.

“Our mission, dictated by the New Zealand Antarctic Division, was to produce an accurate topographic map (at a scale of 1:250,000) and to carry out a geological reconnaissance of the region as part of NZ’s Ross Dependency mapping programme.  To achieve this, leader Wally Herbert and I (as the surveyor) planned to establish extensive ground control (accurately located natural features) to provide the framework for us to map the detail from US oblique aerial photography once back in New Zealand. Geologist Vic McGregor was responsible for the geological mapping and rock collection and mountaineer and guide Kevin Pain was our field assistant – and my tent and sledging mate.  That was the theory, but then there was always the “Antarctic factor” which ensures that every physical, or even mental, endeavour is just that much harder to do there than anywhere else on earth thanks to the ever-present cold and the effort of even moving around in over-stuffed clothing or carrying out fiddly tasks wearing great furry mitts.”

From left to right: Vic McGregor (geologist), Peter Otway (surveyor), Kevin Pain (field assistant), Wally Herbert (leader)

From left to right: Vic McGregor (geologist), Peter Otway (surveyor), Kevin Pain (field assistant), Wally Herbert (leader). Click to enlarge

Click here to read Part 3 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.

View SACR in a larger map

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. Wonderful news that everyone made it on time. I can really feel your exhaustion, elation and pride on this great achievement. Here in UK we have had a solid week of Pole celebrations, fancy dinners and too-long speeches from OAEs, royalty and politicians. I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces.

  2. Linda Waag on January 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm said:

    You all have accomplished a job few men could achieve, and we are so proud of each and every one of you. Congratulations! Thank you for sending word on your progress every day. Hooray!!!
    Best from Linda and Marty, Aspen, Colorado.

  3. Hi Kev, Mark & Vic
    Well done lads you’ve reached your goal
    Congratulations you’re at the South Pole
    Following in Scott’s footsteps you have done so well
    So many stories for you to tell
    When you get home all safe and sound
    To your families, you have done us all proud.
    We have followed your progress every night
    With lots of interest and great delight
    Now that your journey has come to an end
    Our very best wishes to you all we send
    Pip & Dan Parlone

    • Hilary and Brian on January 18, 2012 at 10:57 am said:

      Hi Pip and Dan

      Very kind and thoughful words which I am sure the Scott Team will find very comforting. See you at the weekend.


  4. Alan Henshall on January 18, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

    Many many congratulations from all ranks The Royal Dragoon Guards. We have had 4000 members watching you daily. Captain Oates would have been so proud of you and we will mention you in our service at the Minster on 17 March 2012 to celebrate the date of his death as we have done since 1912.

    We look forward to meeting you again after your safe return.

    Quis Separabit.

  5. Congratulations to both teams from RHQ and all at Credenhill. A fantastic achievement.

  6. Hilary and Brian on January 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm said:

    Hi Scott Team – you did it – a truly remarkable end to your epic journey. We are full of admiration for what has been a fantastic achievement to follow and feel involved in from when you started to your arrival at the Pole. You have kept us entertained to the very end. The memories will be with you for as long as you live – priceless!!

    Can’t wait to see you all when you get home – until then adios!!

    Love Hills and Brian XXXXX

  7. Congratulations on your tremendous achievment. We may follow you from our armchairs but in our hearts and mind we are with you every step. A very proud day. Wishing you all and your team a safe return

  8. Clive E on January 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm said:

    What an Epic!!
    Congratulations Fellas!
    See you back here once you’ve had your bash at Buck House!
    Clive E.

  9. Alison Varney from Our Lady's Abingdon on January 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm said:

    Many, many congraulations from everyone at Our Lady’s Abingdon. On this auspicious day (17th January) I think it appropriate to donate my winter fuel allowance (I do qualify for that, but I am confident the weather in Oxfordshire will not go below -20 degrees) to your wonderful cause. Our assembly tomorrow will give us cause for celebration as well as reflection for Scott 100 years ago. WELL DONE to both teams.

  10. Mrs Lynn Carter on January 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm said:

    Many Many Congratulations on your achievement. For info I am trying to trace my family back.. My Maiden Name was PONTING!…was Herbert in my family? um.. I have found connections that are definately related to him.
    No matter Congratulations fantastic acheivement

  11. Wendi Langridge on January 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm said:

    Congratulations to BOTH teams and I cannot even imagine/understand what your bodies and minds have been through. So very proud and humbled xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

= 4 + 6