The Ultimate Challenge
The Polar Race is inspired and organised by a team led by
two of the best British adventurers:
Jock Wishart and
In 1996 they organised the "expedition with a difference"
when they successfully took ten novices selected from 500 applicants
on the first ever televised trek to the Magnetic North Pole -
"The Ultimate Challenge".
Six years later, the two men joined forces again to recreate their
historic trek, but this time as a race!
2003 saw the first ever race in these extreme conditions. It was
a huge success. Following expert tuition from Jock, David and
fellow race organisers, all nine competitors completed
the course, with the winning team being the first to get
their names on the unique "Blue Ice Trophy" specially
commissioned by Wedgwood for the Polar Race.
Polar Race 2005 was another great success and full of firsts:
the first Italian woman to walk to any northern pole, the
first Australian woman to walk to any northern pole, and
the first South Africans to walk to the Magnetic North
It's true, the Polar Race really does allow people to achieve their dreams.
The gruelling race starts from Resolute Bay in the former North
West Territories of Canada. It takes the contestants some 350
miles, by ski or foot, across some of the most desolate terrain
in the world to the 1996 certified position of the Magnetic North
Just to survive in this terrain takes courage, but to race
requires a willingness and determination beyond the norm.
The Polar Race is for those few hardy men and women who want to test
their endurance to the very limit.
Those competitors who finish the course can proudly claim they have
"...probably the world's toughest race."