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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