John Barker (Z 90-95) & Alex Henney (Z 90-95) have just returned from competing in the 2007 Polar Race, a 300 nautical mile race from the town of Resolute in Canada to the magnetic North Pole.
The pair finished second overall, out of the 6 teams, having taken 15 days, 32 minutes & 24 seconds to cover the 337 statute miles. They ended only 6hrs 55 minutes behind the leaders, but several days ahead of the third place team. The two men encountered temperatures as low as -36 degrees in their tent, and were punished by windchill taking the temperature to as low as -78 degrees.
The amazing experience saw the two deal with polar bears attempting to enter their tent, as well as covering an huge 35 miles in just 17 3/4 hrs over horrendous terrain.
For more information about what the pairs experienced visit www.polarrace.com, or visit the team website at www.polarhorizon.co.uk
Alex on the ice