I'm an MA Student, Kings College London, although I finish in early September 07 and I'm not quite sure what I'm doing after that!
Interests: Man Utd fan (yes I know, I'm also from the south of England but my Dad supported them, and I worked there for a season when I was an undergraduate at Manchester University),
I also like playing squash and football, and am an avid reader and am currently reading Vali Nasr's book "The Shia Revival".
Much like Will, I started doing stuff like this a few years ago when my Nan suffered a series of strokes over several years and I wanted to do something to help. In March 2005 I did a sponsored tandem sky-dive from 13,000 feet for The Stroke Association, and was able to raise a fair bit of cash which made it all the more worthwhile.
Unfortunately, my Gran also suffered a couple of strokes a year or two ago. This time, as I am living in London at the moment I decided I'd try the 2007 London Marathon and was able to raise three times as much money for The Stroke Association, coming in at a disappointing 4 hours and 23 minutes as I had relied on London's glorious public transport to get me to the start of the race with plenty of time to spare so that I could warm up, I now realise the error of my ways!
My involvement in this particular expedition came around purely through chance, as Will had got in contact with my Dad to tell him a bit more about the idea behind the expedition and the Shackleton Foundation. Meeting a few of the team in early September 06 it sounded very exciting and I tried to get in on the act. Over the past few months I've built up the website.
Famously, the original team were unable to complete the last 97 miles to the geographic South Pole, thus becoming the first people to reach the South Pole. The 2008/9 team intend to build on that legacy by re-tracing the original team's footsteps, but carry on past the 97 mile point and reach the geographic South Pole. I won't be doing the whole thing as I'm not nearly fit enough and haven't had any training as I type this. I will be completing the last 97 miles to the geographic South Pole though and therefore receive a sixth of the glory at a tenth of the effort!
The idea of completing the last 97 miles to the South Pole was something that I didn't want to miss out on - completing what my great-great-uncle Frank Wild began appealed to me immensely. Going to Antarctica a continent containing 90% of the world's ice and some 70% of the world's fresh water is something that I think will stay with me forever. I also get to say that I have been to the South Pole and share some of the glory with the others who will have covered over 800 miles by the time that I catch up with them at the 97 mile point!
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