Richard Parks on final stretch of South Pole record bid

South Wales Argus: Richard Parks on final stretch of South Pole record bid Richard Parks on final stretch of South Pole record bid

SOUTH Pole-bound Newport adventurer Richard Parks says he has three days worth of food left as he tries to be the fastest Brit to walk unaided to the South Pole

Writing on his blog at the end of day 27 (31st December) the ex-Dragons star said he skied for 10 hours covering 23 miles on New Year's Eve. He has between 77 and 55 miles to go until he reaches the South Pole.

He said he had a broken ski and was having "to take things hour by hour" and hoped the repair to the ski "will hold up."

Parks had originally started the challenge on November 28, with the aim to break Christian Eide’s Antarctic speed record as part of his challenge to complete the fastest and longest solo, unsupported and unassisted Antarctic polar expedition in history. Due to severe weather, he was forced to postpone the challenge commenting that he was “gutted” but it was “impossible” to ski the miles he needed to.

He returned to the starting base before starting his second attempt a few days later.

Initially he aimed to complete the challenge in just 23 days but due to adverse weather conditions he missed out on the world record.

The Argus reported how he is now aiming for the British record which is currently held by Hannah McKeand, who in 2006 reached the pole in 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes.

The former Welsh international rugby player created the 737 Challenge and was the first person to climb the highest mountain on each of the world’s continents and stand on all three poles within seven months.

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