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Posted on 17 12 2014

Patrick’s South Pole Expedition: less than 20 days to go!

I’ve decided to take on this hare-brained challenge to walk the last two degrees to the South Pole because I want to get the nation talking about public health; both about looking after yourself in the first instance and about recognising signs and symptoms in your body before it’s too late! This comes after being diagnosed with bowel, skin and prostate cancer all in the space of 13 months.
As I’m sure you can imagine, the training for dragging 50kg of food and equipment behind you at 4000m altitude and temperatures as low as -35°C when you’ve got various bits of your guts, skin and prostate missing is fairly full on! I started off running half marathons, but now am focussing more on the muscles which I’ll be using in Antarctica.  I’ve been practising my cross country ski technique on a ‘Nordic Track’, covering 40km a week, as well as weight lifting, dragging tyres around a field, and swimming in a cold pool (10 lengths at 12°C).
On the 13th December I’ll begin altitude training in the Alps, beginning with a cross country ski from Martigny to Chamonix and followed by a week of dragging a sledge.
My excellent Bridgedales have seen me through the lows of hours and hours on a boring ski machine in my garage, so I’m looking forward to treating them to a bit more of an exciting week in France!
Patrick departs for Antarctica on 29th December 2014, and you can read his blog at
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