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Day 2 – Teams face Sastrugi fields

Day 2 of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge has seen renewed determination from all team members.

After breaking camp yesterday morning Team Glenfiddich, Team Noom Coach and Team Soldier On began another taxing day on the ice (pictured above).

At the end of Day 2, Team Glenfiddich is in first place after covering an incredible 23.3 km. Following closely behind is Team Noom Coach which covered 21.5 km and lastly Team Soldier On in third position having covered 18.8 km. Victoria Nicholson, Expedition Manager, says that Team Soldier On might be slow because some of the members have not acclimatised as well as others.

Day 2 was extremely tough for all team members though. They’re currently trying to ski over sastrugi fields which are sharp irregular grooves formed on the snow surface by the wind.

Ed Parker, Team Noom Coach mentor, said that the blind Ivan Castro, member of Team Noom Coach, found this especially tough and “took it with his typical stoicism”.

Ibrar Ali, Team Glenfiddich member, said, “It’s been a hard couple of days since the race started on Sunday, we’re obviously very tired and haven’t encountered this kind of physical excursion anywhere else before.”

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About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.