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PRESS RELEASE

ENTRY LIST NOW OPEN FOR POLAR RACE 2005 AND THE WEDGWOOD BLUE ICE TROPHY

The very first Polar Race took place in April to May 2003 and four British teams participated, racing a distance of 350 miles from Resolute Bay in Nunavut, Canada to the 1996 certified position of the Magnetic North Pole. The race on foot and ski, towing supplies on pulks (sledges) passed through three checkpoints on the way, where teams were re-supplied. All teams reached the finish and proved that such a race in the toughest conditions in the world was feasible. The winning team, the "Initial Style Explorers", was presented with the prestigious Wedgwood Blue Ice Trophy by HRH Duke of York at a ceremony in June.

The race is organised by David Hempleman-Adams (first person to achieve the Explorers' Grand Slam, and who recently ballooned across the Atlantic) and Jock Wishart (Atlantic rower and holder of the Round the World powered record).

The next race will take place in April 2005 and entries are now being accepted. There are already team entries from South Africa and Australia. The entry fee per person is 19,000 which is an all-in figure and therefore includes training, flights, equipment and insurance; only bar bills and phone calls home are extra! Payment is by instalments up to the start of the race. The time commitment to the race itself is approximately 35 days. Individuals may enter and will be placed into compatible teams.

The Polar Race, "probably the world's toughest race", appeals to both the out-and-out racer and to those who just want to participate and achieve in the harshest conditions in the world.

For more information please go to www.polarrace.com where you can register your interest for Polar Race 2005, or email organiser Jock Wishart at [email protected]

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Press release issued on Tuesday 16th December 2003.

For pictures see the Press Area of the Polar Race website at www.polarrace.com.

For further information please contact Jock Wishart:
Tel: 020 8549 1457, Mobile: 07711 727 298, Email: [email protected]