Helen Skelton reaches the South Pole

January 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Earlier this month I wrote ‘Helen Skelton’s Polar Challenge Sport Relief’, which discusses the Blue Peter presenter’s challenge to travel 500 miles across the Antarctica to reach the South Pole for Sport Relief.

Pushing herself to the limit Helen made the brash decision to travel the 500 miles mainly by bike, however, she also used ski and kite as alternatives.

Helen Skelton South Pole

At the finish line in the South Pole

Recording her travels Helen kept a blog diary which penned her thoughts along the way. The blog is a great read, documenting both the highs and lows of the expedition and giving an insight into how tough and tiring the sub-zero terrain actually was. 

Despite suffering from blistered feet, a nasty cough, dehydrating and poorly stomachs, Helen and her trekking team successfully made it to the finish line in the South Pole last night. Helen was said to ecstatic having completed the trek in only 18 days (she initially planned the expedition to take 20).

A fantastic achievement in itself, Helen also managed to break a Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest 100km by ski kite’, which she did in a fantastic 7 hours and 28 minutes, whilst undertaking the South Pole Challenge.

Helen Skelton south pole expedition

Helen pulled a 82kg sledge for the 500 mile trip

In an interview today Helen said “My body hurts in so many different places, mentally I’m exhausted” but that having seen who Sport Relief funding goes to and how it changes their lives, she visited a village in Sierra Leone recently. Helen said she “can’t possibly complain”, which makes refreshing reading from someone who is so able to influence youngster across the country.   

I think you’ll agree that Helen has done astonishingly well.  A triumphant ending to a magnificent challenge -I can’t think of a better way to get more people involved in Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

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Helen Skelton’s Polar Challenge Sport Relief

January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m always amazed when I hear some of the things which people do in the name of charity, even more so when people push the limits to the absolute extreme.  There seems to be no stopping Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton whose latest exhibition – Helen’s Polar Challenge– is just extraordinary.

The small but mighty presenter successfully kayaked the length of the River Amazon (2010 miles) for Sport Relief in 2010, becoming the world record holder for longest solo kayak journey in history. Then in 2011 she tightrope walked 150 meters between Battersea Power Station in a bid to raise funds for Comic Relief.


Not content with her already incredible achievements- she is well and truly becoming a sporting success in her own right- Helen is now conquering the Antarctic on her quest to reach the South Pole.

To get there she has to travel a total of 500 miles in just 20 days. Up against some of the world’s toughest terrain and sub-zero temperatures Helen has chosen to travel predominately by bike (she’ll also use ski and kite when necessary). The bicycle method is considered extremely unconventional but with purpose built equipment Helen is confident her plan will pull through.

Helen Skelton south pole bike

Having spent Christmas training Helen officially began her journey yesterday morning (delayed by one day due to poor weather conditions) and has been, and will continue to keep an online blog diary documenting her journey, including sore feet and unenviable blisters.  

I’ve read all about her journey so far and will be doing so daily with my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly for Helen and her team. It’s an incredible challenge, which is not only for a fantastic cause but proof that with hard work and determination anything can be possible.

Good luck Helen!

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