Congratulations to Andy Ledger who has won the chance to do the last 97 miles with us to the South Pole in January.
All 5 contestants who were with us in Wales were all capable of coming with us, and Dan, Matt, Janice and Nicola all deserve to have beaten almost 3000 others to get this far - it is a shame that we could only take one person with us.
At the age of 18 Andy set off alone to go walking in France. While studying he walked the 200 miles from Sheffield back to university in Newcastle 'just to see what it was like'; and it was on another solo trip, cycling across America and China, that he spotted an advertisement for the Place at the Pole competition, run by the Matrix Shackleton Centenary Expedition.
"I was in an internet café in Laos and the clock was ticking so I filled in the form quickly. I really thought I'd be rejected out of hand," he says.
"The bit I'm most looking forward to is just slogging it out against the winds and experiencing the temperatures," says Andrew. "In the longer term I'd like to think that through the Shackleton Foundation that's being set up, I can help his spirit to percolate down to younger people."
Click here to read more about Andy in the Sheffield Telegraph.
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