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Polar Race 2005 News - Pre-Race Preparation
25 March 2022
- The final team name has been registered — "Neways Polar
We are pleased to announce the name of our sixth, and final, team.
The "Neways Polar Team" comprises photographer and
trekking guide Christina Franco,
and soldier, turned company director
Although the last team to register a name, Christina and Justin have
been training together for many months in preparation for the Polar
For the full list of teams and participants, visit our
20 March 2022
- Arctic Medicine
This weekend, expedition doctor Mike Whiteside gave our final
UK based training session, on Arctic Medicine.
Dr Mike covered the full range of ailments and injuries that our
Polar Racers need to be prepared to deal with, and how best to avoid
them in the first place.
Not just the obvious cold weather injuries: frostnip, frostbite,
snow blindness and hypothermia; but also more traditional trekking
injuries: blisters, bruised nails, dehydration and sunburn. And not
forgetting that our racers will be spending many hours in a tent
with a gas stove, he also covered burns and carbon monoxide
During the race, all teams will be provided with a comprehensive
medical kit, and Dr Mike will be out in the Arctic on 24-hour
call-out should any emergencies arise.
15 March 2022
- Polar Race Branded Clothing Now Available
You've read the website. You've seen the photos. Now get the
Polar Adventures is pleased to announce the availability of Polar
Race branded clothing and accessories from our partner, World
To see what's on offer, visit the Polar Race page of World
Leisurewear's website at www.worldleisurewear.com/polarrace.
It's what all the best-dressed polar explorers are wearing this year!
7 March 2022
- New look website
With the start of the race drawing near, the Polar Race website
switches into "race mode" to provide instant access to
news for family, friends and the press.
The front page of the website has been redesigned to provide an
at-a-glance overview of the race together with direct links to all
the main pages of the site.
Over the coming few weeks we will be adding more pages of interest.
And during the race itself we will be writing a daily race diary to
keep everyone up to speed with the latest race progress.
If there's anything you would like to see on the website, do let us
15 February 2022
- "How to Become a Film Director"
The next training session for our racers is on how to get the best
out of their cameras. Important for those who may only have this one
chance to visit the Arctic.
This session is being run by leading adventure cameraman Kees
't Hooft whose CV includes a month in a snow hole in South Georgia;
two trips up Everest;
Bering Straits on an amphibious ski-slope grooming machine;
and last but not least, the strange world of
13 January 2022
- And Linford Christie came too!!
Throwing off the effects of the Christmas turkey was the order of
last weekend as many of our contestants congregated on a 10 square
mile area of sand dunes in Wales to play.
Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, we had chosen a 36 hour
weather window when we were not being buffeted by wind and rain
-- so NO tents taking off.
Racing in teams up and around sand dunes showed the contestants how
they were 'stacking up' physically and this was followed up the next
day by them getting used to pulk (sledge) pulling -- considerably
harder on the sand than on ice. With them all, in addition, having
to locate various waypoints in the confusing terrain, it was
Just to cool them off, a dip in the sea was followed by a race to
get their tents up before the fast advancing tide got them first.
Back on the sand dunes, Linford Christie demonstrated how it could
For more pictures of the day, see the
Polar Race Gallery.
6 January 2022
- A "Guid" New Year to all present and future contestants
All of us here at Polar Adventures hope you had a great festive
season, and wish you a "Guid" New Year.
But now the festivities are over it's straight back to training for
They are all looking forward to a windy experience on the sand dunes
in Wales this weekend in our "I'm A Polar Race Contestant, Get
Me Out Of Here!" contest.
Full report and pictures later next week.
5 December 2021
- Guns blaze in Wiltshire
Making people comfortable with guns was the 'order of the day' as
some of our contestants took the opportunity to try their hands at
different types of clay pigeon shooting at the weekend — clays
being much smaller than any predator they might face in the Arctic!
At the same time the chance was also taken to familiarise themselves
with the Garmin GPS they have been issued with. All part of the
ongoing training schedule with its regular monthly meetings.
The smiles at the end of the day testified to the success of the
19 November 2021
- Best foot forward for 1000 Mile Socks
At the final personal equipment fitting session held last
Sunday 14th November, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, organisers
and UK contestants welcomed competitors from Australia, Italy and
South Africa who were over to pick up their equipment, all of which
they keep after the Polar Race to hopefully use in future
With the exception of a few minor items all competitors are now
fully kitted up for the race in April next year allowing them the
maximum time to prepare and, where necessary, make alterations to
Although contestants were engrossed in studying the Polar charts and
working out strategies for the Race, time was still found to put a
'best foot forward' for
1000 Mile Socks, a sponsor
of the race.
The next training session is on December the 5th when contestants
will be learning about 'gun handling' and carrying out practical
8 November 2021
- When is a 'small' not a 'small'?
To give contestants in next year's Polar Race the maximum time to
break in their equipment and make adjustments, personal equipment
was issued to contestants recently at a meeting in Tetbury, Gloucs.
As can be seen from our usually chic Clare Winnick, despite careful
measurements having been taken a fitting is all important!
At the same meeting all contestants were taken through the Race
rules to make sure that everyone understood them and to allow
everyone a chance to debate any issues.
At Polar Adventures we consider regular training sessions and
seminars on the skills required to live, work and now race in the
most extreme environment in the world to be all important and a very
necessary part of our commitment to make sure everyone gets safely
to the finish.
These seminars are held on a regular monthly basis and cover every
subject from "Personal Fitness" to "Health and
Hazards", from "Sponsorship Finding" to
"Handling the Media", from "Using a GPS" to
12 October 2021
- Polar Race 2005 Rules are published
Polar Adventures Ltd is pleased to announce publication of the
official rules for Polar Race 2005.
The rules are based on those first used so successfully in Polar
Race 2003. They have undergone many revisions since, helping to
improve even further the safety aspects, together with fine tuning
the logistics of the Race.
The full race rules can be found on the Polar Race website, at
28 September 2021
- Statement from Polar Adventures Ltd re the true origins of
the Polar Race
The Polar Race was originated and organised by two of Britain's
leading adventurers, David Hempleman-Adams and Jock Wishart.
The first race was held in April 2003 with all competitors safely
and successfully making the finish.
The race follows the course taken by the two adventurers when they
piloted the route with the first ever "novices expedition"
from Resolute to the Magnetic North Pole in 1996. The Canadian
government asked them to take the official measurements that year of
the Magnetic Pole position to verify the computer model of the
Magnetic Pole that is the responsibility of their government and is
overseen by the University of Calgary.
Hence we have the official race course.
These two well known adventurers are aware that other organisations
are now copying their idea, but wish to sound a word of caution that
the Arctic is still a highly dangerous place and must always be
treated with respect.
Results show that the Polar Race, run by Jock Wishart, is the proven
safe way to master the ultimate polar challenge.
17 September 2021
- Another team announced — "The Cable & Wireless
Reflecting their sponsors we now have "The Cable & Wireless
Polar Team", from the Channel Islands.
The team comprises
Simon Elmont and
Steve Wright, both telephone
engineers with Cable & Wireless Guernsey Ltd.
their team, Simon said: "The Cable & Wireless Polar Team
are thrilled and excited to be taking part in Polar Race 2005. We
are continuing our preparations and training with enthusiam, and are
committing all our time and resources in making sure that we are as
prepared as we can be for the adventure that we are to face."
14 September 2021
- The first team name has been registered — "Gentlemen
The competitors for Polar Race 2005 are in the process of forming
themselves into teams of two or three people, to battle it out
in the Arctic next year.
One of the many important decisions to make when forming a team is
the team name!
We are proud to announce that "Gentlemen Adventurers" is
the first team name to be chosen for the Race. The name has been
registered by a team of two doctors, James Laban and Will Morton.
There will be more news on the Gentlemen Adventurers, and of the
other teams competing in Polar Race 2005 in later bulletins.
8 September 2021
- Polar Race Rules to be published in October
The Rules for Polar Race 2005, which will be held in April next
year, will be published on the Polar Race website in late October.
This will be following a meeting in mid October to go through the
rules with all competitors who are presently signed up.
21 August 2021
- Steve Pinfield: Top man in the Polar field
Steve Pinfield who is heading up our checkpoint teams in next year's
Polar Race is recognised as one of the leading men in his field.
He spent eight years in Antarctica as Head Field Guide and Base
Commander for the
Adventure Network International (ANI)
base in Patriot Hills.
He is very much a "people person".
3 August 2021
- Founders stress that careful preparation is the "key to
success" in Polar Race
Since almost a year ago, October 2003, contestants accepted for the
Polar Race, which was conceived, originated and organised by two of
Britain's most successful adventurers David Hempleman-Adams and Jock
Wishart, have been undergoing a regular course of instructions in
how to survive and race in the most extreme conditions in the world.
Even before acceptance into the race itself, applicants had to
undergo a series of interviews and psychometric tests to make sure
that they have the mental and psychological "stability" to
undertake the race. It would not be fair on themselves nor their
team mates if this was not the case.
Aspects of the race covered so far have mostly been theoretical,
ranging from Health & Hazards to Clothing & Equipment.
Training sessions are led by seasoned Arctic explorers such as
Neill Williams and Richard Bull.
Also, as attracting publicity is new to many of the contestants,
training has included this too; everything from "Dealing with
the media" to being issued with a sponsorship blueprint from
which to formulate their own.
From October 2004 onwards, when personal kit is issued, these
sessions will become increasingly practical, culminating in a week
long training exercise in the Arctic itself before the start of the
race which, from experience, is the only place that this work can
properly be carried out.
Neill Williams guiding contestants through the kit they
will be using in the Arctic
Jock Wishart said: "The process is essentially a refinement of
what was done last year in preparation for Polar Race 2003, when all
starters successfully and safely reached the finish line. 2003 was
a great success, and we can build on lessons learned then to make it
even better this time. We are having to be even more thorough and
professional in our approach because that's what's now being
demanded by the Canadian authorities with whom we are working.
This in turn is good news for our contestants in achieving their
25 July 2021
- An International Flavour for the next Polar Race in 2005
Entries from outside the UK have so far been received from
Australia, Italy and South Africa for next year's Polar Race, which
is due to be held in April and May next year starting from
Resolute Bay in Nunavut, Canada.
In addition, provisional teams have now been drawn up from the
individual entries and these will be unveiled in October.
There are so far three ladies entered either as individuals or as
part of a team for "probably the world's toughest race".
24 June 2022
- Most experienced 'on ice' support team ever, having
organised over 100 polar expeditions
Polar Adventures today named the 'on ice' support team for the
second Polar Race, to be held in April 2005.
The 'on ice' support team will be lead by Steve Pinfield, Neill
Williams and Richard Bull who between them have organised and
supported well over 100 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.
The first Polar Race, which was conceived and originated by two of
Britain's leading adventurers, David Hempleman-Adams and Jock
Wishart was run for the first time in 2003. Starting from Resolute
Bay in Nunavut, Canada and finishing at the 1996 certified position
of the Magnetic North Pole, it is one of the world's toughest races.
Jock Wishart, principal organiser of the Polar Race said:
"Recent events have shown just how dangerous the Arctic can be
for the uninitiated and how important it is to have only the most
experienced people in support, advising and helping the competitors
and being able to react quickly and positively in an emergency. This
will give great confidence to our present and future competitors in
the race. I am delighted. One could not wish for a better or more
Further announcements on 'base' and 'on ice' support personnel will be
made in the Autumn.
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