Polar Race 2005

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Clare Winnick

Clare Winnick

Team: Pole Position

HOME:  Lancashire, UK
AGE:  40
HEIGHT:  152cm (5'0")
WEIGHT:  48kg (106 lbs)
PROFESSION:  TV News Production
INTERESTS:  Fell running, Mountaineering, Climbing, Photography
PRIOR ARCTIC EXPERIENCE:  1 month canoeing, climbing, mountaineering trip in Norway
PRIOR EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE:  5 weeks kayaking + mountaineering in Alaska, Various backpacking + mountaineering trips in the USA
REASON FOR ENTERING RACE:  To push myself to the limits in one of the last true wildernesses left on the planet whilst also raising monies for two priceless charities
WEBSITE:  www.justgiving.com/clarescause


Born in Weaste in Salford in 1964, I have lived in the North West all my life. Attended Holly Mount in Tottington, Monton House School in Eccles and Mount St Josephs in Deane, Bolton followed by a bilingual course at Salford Tech. I have enjoyed working in television for 20 years now in various roles and am currently working as Head of Production for ITV News, Granada Manchester

My work is varied and pressurised; I find a great way to ease my stress is to combine a varied social life and indulging in my passions of fell running, climbing and mountaineering. I always want to experience the remote and wild areas of our country.

I am a proud mother of one. Michael is currently studying business and investment at Durham University and having had him at an early age I grew up with him really and my passion for the outdoors developed with Michael in tow and we shared adventurous trips to various corners of the world, kayaking, climbing and mountaineering.

Always having had a deep love of the outdoors and wilderness I have always been determined to experience all that life and the environment has to offer and have always wanted to experience a true wilderness. This determination has been heightened having lost three family members through bereavement and realising how short and precious this life is.

I have been searching for an event which would enable me to achieve this and combine it with raising monies for Christie's Against Cancer and North West Hospices whilst also raising people's awareness to battle cancer and hopefully this will help lessen the unbelievable pain and grief people suffer coping with cancer in their lives.


Avid Technology Europe Ltd is delighted to sponsor Clare Winnick in Polar Race 2005.

Avid Technology, Inc. is the world leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management and distribution solutions, enabling film, video, audio, animation, games and broadcast professionals to work more efficiently, productively and creatively.


ITV plc is a leading UK media company, owning all of the regional Channel 3 licences in England and Wales, which together account for over 90% of ITV1 advertising revenues. ITV plc wholly owns ITV2 the fast growing free-to-air digital channel.

ITV plc's production arm comprises the largest commercial television production company in the UK and one of Europe's largest programme distributors.


Oakbridge Financial Services plc provides short term secured lending solutions and bridging finance between £100,000 and £2,000,000. When individuals, companies, pension funds and trusts sometimes have an urgent funding requirement as a result of short-term cash flow issues that mainstream funders are not able to resolve quickly due to bureaucratic processes and procedures. Oakbridge is able to help as it has the expertise, ability and resources which allow it to respond quickly.

Whilst a significant part of the business will be helping clients to quickly complete the purchase of residential and commercial properties, the company is also willing to assist with any subsequent development or refurbishment of a property. In addition, the company is also happy to provide short-term funding for, amongst other things, probate needs, tax liabilities and raising capital for business acquisitions.


SISLink is the largest satellite uplink company in Europe providing live news and sports outside broadcasting facilities to the television Industry. SISLink is pleased to sponsor Clare in her endeavours with Polar Race 2005 and we wish her well in raising money for such a worthy cause.


Sony Business UK provides the latest in broadcast and professional technology to the UK production community.



As well as contributing to the provision of medical equipment for the Christie Hospital (which is the largest single-site cancer research and treatment centre in Europe), the money raised by Christie's against Cancer is also used to fund cancer research. There are currently more than 300 research projects in progress at the Christie Hospital, both looking for new ways to diagnose cancer and developing safer, more effective treatments with fewer side effects.

  Christie's against Cancer

The East Lancashire Hospice is the main specialist palliative care unit in Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley, serving a population of some 520,000. Its aim is to offer palliative care to patients with advanced and progressive life threatening disease and support for their relatives and carers, in an atmosphere of calm with tenderness, care and quiet efficiency. The hospice can now provide 10 individual inpatient rooms, increased day therapy places from 25 a week to 100, complimentary therapies, physiotherapy, outpatient clinics and much more.


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