Newport adventurer announces new challenge
6:26pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A FORMER Welsh rugby international has announced record breaking expedition in the South Pole.
Newport adventurer Richard Parks, 36, has unveiled Project X, a two-part quest, which will see him attempt to complete the fastest and longest solo, unsupported and unassisted Antarctic polar expeditions in history.
On October 28, he will leave the UK to attempt to break Christian Eide’s Antarctic speed record.
Mr Parks said: “First of all I am just hugely excited to be going back to Antarctica, a continent I love so much. I’m really amped to have the opportunity of attempting to break this record.”
Norwegian Eide set a new world record in 2011 of 24 days, one hour and 13 minutes, covering an average of 29 miles per day and skiing 56 miles on his final day.
Now Mr Parks hopes to break Eide’s record, a feat that many explorers believe to be a near impossible to beat.
He aim to complete the 715 mile journey in 23 days.
This expedition is the culmination of 12 months of training and preparation which has seen him ski for 39 days solo in Antarctica, complete the highest mountain bike race in the world in Nepal, take on the Jungle Ultra in Peru and compete in a double ironman in Snowdonia.
His year of adventures and world record attempt are all being filmed as part of his new Channel 5 series, which will be broadcast next year.
Following his Antarctic speed record expedition, 2014/2015 will then see Mr Parks attempt to complete the longest solo, unsupported and unassisted Antarctic journey in history.
You can follow his progress at www.richardparks.co.uk