Polar Race 2005

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  18 Neville Road
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Tel: +44 (0)20 8549 1457
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Will Morton

Team: Gentlemen Adventurers

HOME:  Devon, UK
AGE:  30
HEIGHT:  183cm (6'0")
WEIGHT:  83kg (183 lbs)
INTERESTS:  Surfing, Mountain biking, Skiing, Running, Mountaineering
PRIOR EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE:  Racing the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara; Climbing the highest mountains in Europe and North America
PREVIOUS COLDEST PLACE:  Climbing Denali (Mt McKinley) in Alaska, down to -40°C
REASON FOR ENTERING RACE:  The opportunity to race in such a remote and beautiful part of the world whilst raising money for the National Hospital Development Foundation is simply to good to miss
WEBSITE:  www.justgiving.com/polarrace


I was born in Guernsey in 1974, where my early years were spent messing around in boats, before moving to Sussex in 1981. I was educated at Broadwater Manor and Brighton College, at which I captained the sailing team and gained my cross-country colours.

After leaving school I travelled from London to Nairobi overland with a school friend via France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Niger, Bukino Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), Uganda and Kenya. This six month adventure amazed me both with the natural beauty and the savage violence and poverty of Africa.

In 1994 I started at the University of Bristol Medical School, where I spent an excellent six years studying and playing hockey. I qualified as a doctor in 2000 and worked in North Devon, running the London Marathon in 2001 and considerably improving my surfing.

In 2002 I spent a year working in London and climbed Mt Elbrus in Russia - the highest mountain in Europe.

In 2003 I returned to the south-west to pursue my career in anaesthetics having first completed the Marathon des Sables (a 250km running race in the Sahara Desert over 6 days, carrying all your provisions with you), finishing in the top 3rd, and summited Denali (the highest mountain in North America and reputedly the coldest mountain in the world).

I am currently living on the edge of Dartmoor and working as an anaesthetist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.


We are currently seeking corporate sponsorship.


The National Hospital Development Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, which together with the Institute of Neurology, has a worldwide reputation for research and treatment of brain disorders. These include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, dementia, epilepsy, brain and spinal cancer, stroke and head injuries.

Current projects, which are outside National Hospital budgets, include the purchase and installation of an interventional MRI scanner (which allows surgeons to see real-time images of the brain during neurosurgery), the creation of a dementia research centre with its own dedicated MRI scanner, the funding of neuroradiology research and support for multiple sclerosis research.

We hope to raise over £10,000 for the National Hospital Development Foundation.

  National Hospital Development Foundation

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