Blizzard-like conditions hindered the planned New Year’s Day start of Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race but the six teams set off from the start line at 10am on Sunday 4th January 2009 and Team QinetiQ took an early lead. By the end of day three, Team QinetiQ had covered an impressive 50+ miles – having established a three mile gap to the next team.
Team QinetiQ comprises Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, BBC presenter Ben Fogle and Bristol-based hospital doctor Ed Coats. QinetiQ is providing its world-beating science and technology expertise and facilities to help Team QinetiQ physically and mentally prepare for and undertake the race – one of the most arduous endurance events in the world.
The international teams are racing over 400 miles on skis to the geographic South Pole and are expected to take around a month. Competitors are each pulling 70kg pulks (sleds), sleeping in tents, and surviving in temperatures as low as minus 50°C.
For more information on the race, background and history, the important role QinetiQ is playing and for images please visit http://www.TeamQinetiQ.com. Additional daily race updates and team blogs are available on http://www.amundsenomega3southpolerace.com