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Day 1 – First Day on the Ice

TEAM Glenfiddich, Team Noom Coach and Team Soldier On began Day 1 of the Virgin...

TEAM Glenfiddich, Team Noom Coach and Team Soldier On began Day 1 of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge yesterday, Sunday 1 December, full of adrenaline and competitive spirit.

The race kicked off at 13:35 GMT, with Team Glenfiddich quickly taking the lead, with Prince Harry at the front.

“The scenery here is quite remarkable,” he said. “And for 360º nothing can be seen, it really is quite spectacular.”

PH leading team Glenfiddich out of the starting blocks

Prince Harry leading Team Glenfiddich off the start line.

All three teams started the race and completed a solid five-hour afternoon ski. Team Glenfiddich (wearing red jackets) is in the lead, having covered 13.9km. Team Noom Coach (wearing blue jackets) follow closely in second place covering 13.4km while Team Soldier On (wearing orange jackets) is currently in third place, 13km behind them.

Ed Parker, Co-Founder of Walking With The Wounded and Team Noom Coach Mentor said he thought everyone found it a little harder than they were expecting. “It is our first day out with our heavy pulks,” he said. “They weigh around 80 to 90kg at the moment.”

All teams built their camps last night in good spirits despite feeling exhausted from the short but tough ski. It will take a few days for the teams to get into their strides.

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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.